Information on Motherwort

Latin NameLeonurus cardiaca
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Liver, Cardiovascular system
CautionsContraindicated in pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA medium-sized garden perennial in the mint family with sharp-toothed leaves and whorls of small pink two-lipped flowers.
DescriptionWell-known as an emmenagogue, sedative, and nervine, motherwort is extremely beneficial to the cardiac and female systems. Women use it for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, PMS, and vaginal dryness. As a heart tonic, it is used to strengthen the heart, benefit palpitations and hypertension, and relieve pain of mild angina..

Motherwort has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture 2-4 droppersful 2-3 x daily.

Ailments Treated by Motherwort

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Arrhythmiacardiac sedativetincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Blood pressure, lowheart tonictincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Heart palpitationsheart strengtheningtincture, capsule, tea
Heart, weakcardiac tonictincture, capsule, tea
Thyroid, hypersedative, thyroid regulatortincture, capsule
Amenorrheaemmenagoguetincture, tea
Dysmenorrheaemmenagoguetincture, tea

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