Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna
Hawthorn thrives world wide and its delicate flowers and vivid berries mark the changing of the seasons.
A familiar site in hedgerows all over the UK, the trees have been regarded as sacred since the time of the druids.
The berries are used on Mayday celebrations in England to decorate the Maypole casting their power of protection over those attending the festivities.
The hawthorn was also a symbol of fertility; if a girl wished to be married she should pick some hawthorn and walk home in silence.
As well as these folklore tales, Nicholas Culpeper suggested its use as a cordial tonic.
The hawthorns used in our blends are wild collected in Bulgaria but we have not yet been responsible for any marriages as far as we are aware.