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The Benefits of Motherwort

The Benefits of Motherwort

Known in the herbal world by its scientific name, Leonurus cardiaca, Motherwort is one of our primary anxiolytics in the clinical herbal space. It is one of our go-to allies of the heart for both physiological and emotional support.

Benefits and Uses of Motherwort

One of the most common Motherwort uses is to naturally support mild nervous tension, particularly when related to matters of the heart. The benefits of the herb have long been observed and used in Europe to support the cardiovascular system.

In addition to its strong nervine qualities (which is what makes it so supportive for nervous tension), motherwort is also an emmenagogue. It is widely used in the clinical space in a variety of situations involving menstruation and its associated discomforts.

Of all the things motherwort is loved for, its use as a flower essence echo’s the very name it holds. This plant brings support to those who need some deep mothering. Used energetically as a flower essence, motherwort can be a great support to folks who find themselves giving abundant energy out, and not taking enough nourishment and care in for themselves.

Botany

Motherwort herb is an herbaceous perennial in the mint family. It is beautifully defined by its soft pink to lavender colored tubular flowers and lobed opposite leaves.

How to Use Motherwort

As a bitter nervine, the floral notes of this plant are quickly overpowered by its strong bitter flavor so it is best paired with herbs to balance it out.

It can be taken as an alcohol-based extract, in a tea blend (with other balancing herbs), or in a sweet syrup to help soften its bitter bite. If you’re interested in experimenting with it, you should try it in a simple motherwort tea blend! We shared a recipe below.

Please avoid Motherwort if you are pregnant, on cardiovascular medications, or diuretic, and always speak with your licensed healthcare provider before adding herbs to your diet.

Best Motherwort Uses: A Tea for the Heart

Ingredients

Instructions

Add herbs to a heat-proof mug, add almost boiling water (about 1 cup for 3tsp herb). Cover your mug and let it steep for 10 minutes.

Strain and enjoy, adding a touch of honey if so desired!

This information is meant for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Resources:
Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman
Flower Power by Anne McIntyre
Herbal Remedies Advice
Medicinal Plants of The Pacific West by Michael Moore

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