The Jagged Path
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a member of the mint family, used especially for women’s health.
The many benefits of motherwort range from its effectiveness as a heart tonic to its calming properties.
Properties: Antirheumatic, antispasmodic, anodyne, astringent, cardiac, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, tonic
Motherwort is an excellent herb to use for protection, especially for women and children. Planted around the home, or hanging above the doorway, it is said to keep away evil spirits and other unwelcome guests. Used in a Witch Bottle it can be used to protect from or reverse a curse.
It is associated with both Venus and the Moon, and is an excellent herb to use during a lunar ritual, or to honor Goddesses of fertility and motherhood.
Also helpful to bring a sense of purpose to one who feels lost in their life, as well to attract joy and success.
Often used to support the female reproductive system, motherwort also has healing properties for both the physical and emotional heart.
Supports Female Reproductive Health: Useful in the support of uterine health, both before and after birth; one of motherwort's properties, leonurine, can help to promote uterine contractions.
PMS and Menstrual Cycle Helper Leonurine's ability to help stimulate uterine contractions can also help to regulate a delayed menstrual cycle. Motherwort stimulates blood flow to the pelvic area and uterus, this increasing or stimulating menstrual flow. Women who struggle with irregular cycles (amenorrhea) often benefit from the use of motherwort.
Motherwort also helps to relieve menstrual cramps.
Heart Health As suggested by "cardiaca" , motherwort plays a beneficial role in heart health. It is known to calm and lessen heart palpitations, also functioning as an all around ally to heart health.
Motherwort extract has been recommended for use with thyroid conditions that result in a racing heart, i.e. Hashimoto's and Graves Disease.
Motherwort also lowers blood pressure and helps to improve circulation. Both are beneficial to heart health
Calms Anxiety and Stress Motherwort is amazing for emotional heart support as well. It aids in the calming and soothing of nerves and lowers overwhelming feelings of anxiety and stress, thanks in part to its very mild sedative effect that is calming, but not actually sedating.
Especially beneficial for anxiety accompanied by hypertension of palpitations.
Support during menopause; beneficial well into menopause.
Motherwort's compounds aid us in breaking down and processing hormones, helping to balance symptoms of menopause.
Especially helpful for reducing hot flashes.
Stimulates digestion and appetite thanks to its bitter nature, motherwort is a wonderful ally for appetite, digestion, and liver health. Its ability to stimulate the digestive system and liver, help to improve a sluggish digestion and encourages a healthy digestive system.
Do not use products containing Motherwort if you are currently on blood thinners, certain heart medications, are pregnant or nursing, or have low blood pressure.
You will receive a 30 ml, dark colored glass bottle of tincture. I advise storing this in a cool, dark area. Following these suggestions, your tincture should be shelf stable for up to 3 years.
Keep away from children and pets. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Use common sense regarding any possible interactions with prescription RX's and with complications from existing health issues.
None of this advise or suggested care/use is intended to take the place of your health care practitioner's advice and care. Nothing I have stated is meant to be taken as health care advise. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I am not a trained medical professional. I AM a trained herbalist, and I prepare and sample each batch of product before offering it to anyone else.