This shrub reaches a maximum of two meters in height when in the field and takes place without human interference in its growth. Yet it is possible to find 6 meters on land with the right conditions.
Its leaves are broad in the middle, wedge-shaped ends and are divided into several segments, usually five or seven. The branches are shaped and very sharp pointed, becoming veritable thorns in the end.
It is a common species throughout the peninsula, the only of thorns present in some regions. It can be traced in the streams and hillsides with other trees, but also may be isolated on the shores and nearby farmland.
The hawthorn blooms in April and May, but in mountain flowers can appear in June. Its flowers are white and have a pleasant smell, normally consist of five petals, many stamens and a single style and are grouped in clusters. They are collected in spring and dried in an airy place in the shade. Once dried should be placed carefully so as not to break and kept forever in a place that has no moisture.
The fruits begin to ripen from August and these are round, red and have the size of a pea. Contain only one bone and flesh has a bland taste and unpleasant.
This shrub has a cardiotonic action that could offset the autonomic nervous system imbalances. Its flowers are considered a tonic for the circulatory system and heart. Many doctors recommend this plant against arteriosclerosis, mild heart failure and angina pectoris. It is also very good regulator of blood pressure, high and low offset voltages.
Can be used for heart rhythm problems such as tachycardia, extrasystoles and palpitations.
Another of its properties is its ability to act as a sedative in cases of insomnia can also be used for ulcers caused by stress.
Plants with effects on the heart should be used with caution because excessive doses can cause unwanted effects.
Infusion. Prepare a cup with a bouquet of flowers and filled with boiling water, wait until it cools down and the flowers are removed, then drink in small sips. You should take a cup at lunch and another at dinner.
Tincture. It use 200 grams of flowers and 1,000 grams of alcohol at 60 grados Celsius . They take 20 drops before each meal to use as hypotensive or 40 drops before bed to use as a sedative and antispasmodic.
HABITAT: In streams and mountainsides
FLOWERING: April and May
PART USED: Flowers, leaves and bark
CASTILIAN: Espino blanco
CATALAN: Arç blanc, espinalb
Cardiotonic Strong, Regulator of blood pressure Moderate, Mild sedative.
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