rowan fruitThe healing properties of Rowan were known in ancient Greece. In natural medicine for years, Rowan was used as an effective means for rheumatism and lung diseases as well as because of its great properties such as cleansing (through diarrhea), diuretic, stopping the bleeding.

Currently, Rowan fruit is used in the spirit industry for the production of vodkas and liqueurs.

What’s so special about Rowan?

The healing properties are mainly found in rowan berries and the flowers.

The flowers are harvested at the beginning of the blooming period. Whole canopies are cut and dried in shady and airy places, loosely arranged. After drying, the flowers are separated from the stalks. Properly collected and dried flowers should keep the white color. However, the fruit is harvested when it reaches the red color.

Fruits collected after the freezing temperatures have a milder taste but are soft and easily darken during drying. The fruit is better dried in specially heated drying rooms.

What substances does Rowan contain?

The fruits contain:

  • organic acids,
  • carotenoids,
  • tannins,
  • bitter,
  • carbohydrates (the most important is sugar alcohol sorbitol),
  • pectin,
  • vitamin C,
  • provitamin A.

The flowers contain:

  • carotenoids,
  • anthocyanins,
  • organic acids.

What are the healing properties of Rowan?


  • is slightly astringent,
  • anti-inflammatory to the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and urinary tract,
  • prevents diarrhea,
  • is diuretic.

Rowan fruit is usually used in mixtures to cure the inflammation of the kidneys, urolithiasis, and for the peripheral circulation disorders. In addition, it is used in the case of the failure of the stomach, duodenum, and small intestine, as well as in less severe diarrhea.

Rowan flowers have diuretic and lethal properties. It is, therefore, a generally strengthening (the immune system) as well nutritious. It is a natural source of vitamins C, A, B, E, K, and micronutrients. It is used in bacterial infections that cause high fevers, as well as an overall strengthening agent for convalescents and children.

It is also preventive in the case of flu and colds to alleviate the course of these diseases and shorten their duration.

How to use Rowan at home?

  • Rowan extract – Pour 1 tablespoon of crushed rowan fruit into a glass of lukewarm water. Then, bring it to boil (over low heat) for about 5 minutes. Then, put it aside for about 15 minutes. After this time, drain it and drink as an antidiarrheal and diuretic remedy, 2-3 times a day.
  • Rowan macerate – Pour 1 cup of cold water into a tablespoon of crushed rowan fruit and leave it covered overnight. Separate the fruits and the liquid in the morning. Drink small portions of the mixture during the day if you have difficulties with defecation and slight constipation.

With Rowan, as well as with all the other herbs, you must be cautious, because fresh rowan berries can cause vomiting and diarrhea. This is caused by the presence of parasorbic acid, which breaks down when you are drying fruit or making extracts.

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