Healing Herbs

The Magic of Motherwort

If you haven’t heard of motherwort, you’ve been missing out! This wonderful herb is quite versatile and deserves a special place in every woman’s medicine cabinet.

Motherwort – Leonus cardiaca – before flowering.

Leonurus cardiaca – aka motherwort – is a member of the mint family, but it’s unlike any mint you’ve had in your tea!

Motherwort is known as a woman’s herb, useful for treating issues associated with the function of the uterus.  It is an emmenagogue, which means it can be used to bring on menstruation when a woman’s period is delayed or her flow is meager. When taken regularly, motherwort tones the uterus and can reduce PMS and menstrual cramping.

Motherwort is helpful for expelling the placenta and lochia following the birth of a child (hence the name motherwort).  It can also be used to treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and endometriosis.  And, as much as it helps with menstrual issues, it also reduces menopause symptoms.  If you have a uterus, you’ll want to have motherwort on hand!

This fantastic herb is not only for use by women. Motherwort can be used by all genders to treat fevers, coughing, wheezing, and bronchitis. It can boost kidney health, acting as a mild diuretic, and is useful for edema (swelling) that is associated with poor kidney function.

Studies have shown motherwort to be effective for some people experiencing depression and/or anxiety, and can calm a rapid, fluttering heartbeat or palpitations brought on by nerves. It is calming, but not sedating.

In general, motherwort is an anti-inflammatory and a source of antioxidants. It contains leonurine, a compound that has been found to promote the relaxation of blood vessel walls, and can assist with high blood pressure.

Insomniacs may find relief with motherwort, as this handy herb is known to help regulate sleep cycles.

If all of the above wasn’t enough to convince you that you need motherwort in your life, here’s an added bonus: motherwort helps with flatulence! Your significant other may end up appreciating motherwort as much as you do!

Motherwort is quite bitter, and doesn’t make for a palatable tea. The easiest way to take motherwort is as a tincture, mixed into a glass of water or juice.

Suggested Dosage
For uterine issues, depression, anxiety – 2ml – 4ml daily, three times per day
Postpartum – 2ml – 4ml to expel placenta/lochia
For fever, cough, bronchitis, etc – 2ml – 4ml at onset

You can purchase mother, wort tincture here.

As much as we all love herbs and their health benefits, every plant has the potential to harm as well as heal. Please do not use motherwort in the following situations:

  • when experiencing menstrual flooding/very heavy periods
  • when pregnant (except under the guidance of a health practitioner, and then only just before and/or just after labour); always contraindicated during the first and second trimester, and during most of the third trimester
  • when experiencing diarrhea, drowsiness, low blood pressure, or excessive cramps as a result of use
  • when diagnosed with a bleeding disorder

*Disclaimer: I do not diagnose or treat medical conditions. This post is for informational purposes only. If you have concerns about your health, please see a licensed medical practitioner.