Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca (Mint Family)
This herb is beneficial in balancing hormones and women’s menstrual cycles. It has a reputation for soothing stress and tension during pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.
It is often taken two to three times daily, in the last few weeks of pregnancy, to encourage coordinated contractions of the uterus.
It’s also used to treat heart disorders, anxiety and palpitations. It strengthens the heartbeat and increases circulation to the heart without increasing the pulse rate.
This herb may be used for irregularities such as arrhythmias and palpitations which are associated with anxiety and tension. The glycosides have been observed to have a short-term ability to lower blood pressure.
Motherwort is used to strengthen heart function, especially in conditions where the heart is weak. A gentle sedative and antispasmodic, it promotes relaxation rather than drowsiness. However, it does stimulate the muscles of the uterus, and is especially suitable for delayed menstruation, menstrual pain, and premenstrual tension.
As a nerve tonic, motherwort is taken three to four times per day on an empty stomach. The best times are 15 to 30 minutes before meals and before bed. During acute stressful periods, it is taken more frequently.
Motherwort is a first-class relaxing nerve tonic with valued for its ability to bring cal without drowsiness. Taken throughout the day and before bed, it helps insure restful sleep. This herb is also an antidepressant and very slightly euphoric for some people.
The aerial parts are used medicinally in teas and tinctures.
CAUTIONS: Motherwort should not be taken during the first two trimesters of pregnancy. Should be used cautiously by pregnant women as it is a uterine stimulant. Should not be used if menstrual bleeding is heavy.