Hawthorn leaves and flowers have a sweet, pleasant, astringent flavor, similar to that of green tea. In Germany, the leaves are often used in place of green and black tea.
Hawthorn tea is considered warming and drying; the flowers are cooler than the berries and leaves.
Hawthorn berries have been scientifically proven to lower high blood pressure, a prime risk factor for heart disease. The tea treats heart weakness with chronic, rapid irregular heart action and congestive heart failure.
It’s also an excellent antioxidant that eliminated free radicals, the dangerous agents that roam the body and can cause damage to blood vessels, leading to atherosclerosis.