Motherwort

motherwort

Motherwort – Leonurus Cardiaca

The botanical name is from the Greek “leon”, for lion and “andourus”, for tail, as the plant resembles a lion’s tail. “Cardiaca” refers to its traditional usage as a heart tonic.

History

The Greeks gave Motherwort to pregnant women suffering from anxiety and also to anyone suffering from afflictions of the heart and nervous system. Maude Grieves tells us that there is “no better herb for strengthening and gladdening the heart”. Chinese studies have also found motherwort to decrease clotting and the level of fat in the blood

Benefits

  • Uterine stimulant – can cause contractions
  • Menstruation cramping and pain
  • Anxiety
  • Prevent thrombosis
  • Tachycardia
  • Eases palpitations
  • Stimulate menstruation when it is absent (amenorrhea)
  • Irregular and delayed menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
  • Helps to lower blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Rheumatism
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis

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