Motherwort – Leonurus cardiaca, Lamiaceae
An ally for women, a heart tonic, calming to sympathetic nervous system, pain reliever. See recommendations and cautions below.
Motherwort is a member of the mint family. Motherwort, as suggested by its’ name, is indicated for use with the uterus and with parenthood. It will provide fast relief for menstrual cramps when taken 5-10 drops at a time, at the first moment of pain and taken thereafter every 15 minutes as needed. Motherwort tones the uterine muscle and will eventually diminish cramps within four months.
Motherwort is also an ally to menopausal people and can help with hot flashes, water retention and mood swings.
Motherwort also has an affinity to the heart, as suggested by part of its latin name “cardiaca.” It is used as a heart tonic, and in particular for nervousness with heart palpitations. The acrid bitterness of motherwort may calm the sympathetic nervous system and aid with nervous restlessness, wakefulness, disturbed sleep and anxiety. The use of motherwort tincture during these moments may help relieve nervousness. A dose of tincture 10 – 20 drops taken several times a day can lower blood pressure and strengthen electrical activity in the heart.
As a pain reliever and useful in your herbal first-aid kit. Motherwort can reduce lower back pain, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue.
Doseage:10-20 drops of tinctures, every 15 minutes until relief sets in.
Caution: Motherwort should not be used during pregnancy. Excessive use may interfere with other cardiovascular treatments.