Most people think of motherwort as a weed, but it can be used in many ways and is good for you. It grows and is well hidden among the other green plants. You will find it if you just look for it. If you don't see it, you're not looking hard enough, because it can grow up to 10 feet tall in some places!
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Its scientific name, Leonurus cardiaca, tells you a lot. Leonurus means "of the lion" or "lion-hearted." Motherwort is a hardy plant that does well in most situations. This is probably because it comes from the mint family, which makes it hardy and easy to grow.
Cardiaca means "of the heart," which shows that motherwort is very good for the heart and blood vessels. It has been used for this purpose for hundreds of years.
The name "motherwort" is also important. "Mother's Herb" comes from the word "wort," which means "herb." This makes it a great cure for mothers who are anxious or under a lot of stress, as well as for those who worry about their own mothers.
Usage of motherwort:
- Put the herbs in a jar, fill it with apple cider vinegar, and let it sit for a while. It tastes good in soups, stews, salad dressings, and so on.
- Tincture: Fill a jar with fresh plant material and then cover it with grain alcohol. Let it sit for four to six weeks, and then strain.
- To make a tonic, put plant parts in water and let them sit for a while, like overnight. Pour and strain.
- For tea, put some leaves in hot water to steep. But remember that motherwort is bitter and doesn't make the best tea. Peppermint, chamomile, hibiscus, and red clover would be good partners to help balance the taste
- Fomentation is like putting a poultice on a wound. You take some plant parts, crush them up, and let them sit in hot water for a while. Then, soak up some of the liquid with a cloth. Put it on the part of the body that hurts or has cramps.
Health benefits of motherwort:
Supports Female Reproductive Health
Motherwort is a very helpful herb for mothers and women's health in general. Its name, "mother's herb," says it all.
It can be used as a tonic for the health of the uterus before and after giving birth.
Motherwort is used to help speed up labour because it contains a chemical called leonurine that can make the uterus contract. But it can also help with the pains that come after giving birth.
If you're having pain after giving birth, try motherwort tea with other herbs that can help. This Afterbirth Ease Tea was made to help with pain after giving birth.
Help for PMS and the menstrual cycle
The same chemical (leonurine) that helps to get the uterus to contract can also help regulate a menstrual cycle that has been delayed.
Motherwort is a herb that speeds up the flow of blood to the pelvic area and uterus. This makes it an emmenagogue. This, in turn, will speed up or increase the flow of your period.
Motherwort could help people who have trouble getting their periods on time or who don't get them at all. This is called amenorrhea.
Motherwort can also help with cramping and other PMS symptoms. Try this Menstrual Melody Tea with motherwort and other helpful herbs if your period is painful or comes at odd times.
(Motherwort shouldn't be taken during pregnancy because it is an emmenagogue.)
Motherwort is also good for the heart, which is reflected in its Latin name, Leonurus cardiaca. It is often used as a heart tonic.
It is mostly used to stop or calm heart palpitations, but it also helps keep the heart healthy in general.
Motherwort can also help lower blood pressure and improve circulation, both of which are good for the health of the heart.
Calms Stress And Anxiety
Motherwort is known to be good for the physical heart, but it is also good for the emotional heart.
Motherwort helps calm and soothe nerves and can also relieve feelings of stress, overwhelm, and anxiety. It has a mild sedative effect that makes you feel calm but not too sleepy.
It can help a lot when anxiety is accompanied by heart palpitations or high blood pressure. A small study found that when people with high blood pressure, anxiety, and trouble sleeping took an extract of motherwort, their symptoms got better.
How to use Motherwort?
Motherwort is bitter, so it isn't usually used as a tea unless it is mixed with other herbs that taste better.
But when used in a herbal tea blend, like this tea for a healthy menstrual cycle or this tea for afterbirth pains, its bitter taste is hidden and its benefits are gained.
Most of the time, when motherwort is used on its own, the fresh herb is made into a tincture.
A tincture is much stronger than a tea, so you only need to drink a small amount of it throughout the day to get the benefits of motherwort.
Motherwort is also sometimes mixed with other herbs to make digestive bitters. Most of the time, these blends are taken before a meal to help digestion.
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