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DIY: Hawthorn Berry Herbal Syrup

Sarena-Rae Santos August 18, 2023

After covid, I developed an irregular heart rate. Instead of running to the doctor, I monitored it closely and added herbs promoting heart health. This led me to hawthorn berries. If you read our hawthorn berry herbal profile, you know they have an array of medicinal benefits such as:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory properties 
  • May lower blood pressure 
  • May decrease cholesterol 
  • Used to aid in digestion
  • Helps prevent hair loss (this was a bonus for my telogen effluvium)
  • May reduce anxiety

After researching and falling in love with hawthorn berries, I started incorporating them into my foods, leading to my first functional dessert – Hawthorn Berry Brownies. I mention this because I topped the brownies with my first homemade syrup, which I’ll be teaching you how to make today — Hawthorn Berry Syrup. This syrup is amazing anywhere you’d normally use syrup or honey, even in tea. 

Hawthorn Berry Herbal Syrup

Ingredients & Materials

  • 1 ½ cups filtered water
  • ½ cup hawthorn berries (I used these)
  • 1 cup of honey (I used raw honey)
  • 16 oz. mason jar


Step 1: Combine ½ cup of hawthorn berries and 1 ½ cups of filtered water in a saucepan.

Step 2: Bring the water and hawthorn berries to a boil and let simmer for 30 minutes (this process is a decoction water extraction). After simmering, the liquid level should have reduced to roughly 1 cup.

Step 3: Strain the liquid before adding it back to the saucepan. 

Step 4: Allow the decoction to cool down before adding equal parts (1 cup) of honey to the decoction while it’s still warm (adding while it’s hot could result in losing some of the honey’s medicinal properties). Be sure to mix the honey into the decoction until the honey is dissolved.

Step 5: Set the syrup aside to cool down the rest of the way before pouring the honey into an airtight container for long-term storage.

Usage & Storage: Take 1-2 teaspoons up to three times a day (I love it added to tea). It will last about one month when stored in the refrigerator. It has gone bad if you notice a rancid smell or visible mold at the top.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and nothing in this post is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. If you have questions, please do your own research or seek advice from a health professional.

Have you ever made herbal syrup? If so, what is your favorite kind to make?

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Sarena-Rae Santos
Sarena-Rae Santos' journey to natural health began in 2019 when she swayed away from allopathic medicine after becoming wheelchair-bound due to the side effects of 20+ medications. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and dizziness due to nystagmus were the sources of her many health complications. Sarena's symptoms diminished after adopting a healthier lifestyle surrounding whole foods and herbs, leaving her a fantastic quality of life and a passion for educating people.

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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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