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A member of the Mint family, Leonurus cardiaca is an herbaceous perennial native to central Asia and southeast Europe. The botanical name Leonurus refers to the resemblance of the leaves to a lion’s tail. Motherwort has dull green, hairy leaves and an intensely bitter taste. Now naturalized around the world, Motherwort is loved for its calming properties and energetics relating to the heart.
The herb has been used traditionally by many cultures: European, Native American, Chinese and North American Herbalists for a variety of endocrine related issues, and as a tonic for women’s uterine health.
Indigenous tribes in North America use Motherwort, including the Delaware, Oklahoma, Micmac, Mohegan, and Shinnecock used motherwort infusion as a gynecological aid for “female ills” (Moerman, 1998). The Cherokee and Iroquois used it as a gastrointestinal aid to facilitate digestion and as a sedative for “nervous and hysterical affections” and as a nerve tonic, respectively, while the Cherokee also used it as a stimulant for fainting (Moerman, 1998).
Motherwort has an affinity to the nervous system, with its relaxing effects. It is also said to help bring circulation to the reproductive organs. Its name “Motherwort” is indicative of its use for women during the postpartum period. It helps balance hormones and brings a sense of calm and ease to the new mother.
Combines well with Red Raspberry leaves and Crampbark for menstrual disorders. Or combine with Vervain for relaxing nerves.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Motherwort to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Frequently combined with Hawthorn. May also be taken as an extract or capsule.
Cautions & contraindications:
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.