Hawthorn

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Hawthorn, aka Crataegus Laevigata, is a large shrub native to Europe and a member of the Rosaceae family. Hawthorn flowers bloom around the first of May and have traditionally signified the first days of summer. Sprigs of hawthorn were incorporated into the Beltane festivals of ancient Europe celebrating this time of the year. Hawthorn leaf and hawthorn flower can be employed in much the same way as the berries and hold many similar beneficial properties. Also spelled hawthorne, the leaf and flower can be steeped as hawthorn tea, added to cordials, or even tinctured.