Motherwort: Herbal uses

I was clearing through my medicinal herb patch when some motherwort that I had planted last year caught my eye. I collected and replanted the seeds, knowing that they need some cold weather the stratify them.

Medicinally, motherwort has many uses. It belongs to the mint family but has long history of medicinal use. We Herbalists consider it to be a ‘female’ plant, as it is particularly useful to use with female complaints.

As a plant, it has many actions. It is a highly regarded anti-spasmodic, reducing muscle spasms as well as promotes healthy blood circulation. Its an emmenagogue, regulating the female cycle and restoring normality. Motherwort benefits by cooling down the body with its anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it is miraculous for women since it heals the reproductive system. 

  • It is known to help relieve Menstrual Cramps.
    Motherwort can ease menstruation as well as menopause. It can help to regulate menstrual cycle irregularities and eases cramps. The herb increases the blood flow to the pelvic area. Menopause symptoms like hot flashes, anxiety and mood swings can also be eased with this herb.

  • Motherwort acts as a natural relaxant and can help with sleep problems.
    Healers have been using motherwort for treating anxiety for centuries. People with insomnia benefit from leonurus cardiaca as it is a natural sedative. Therefore, it works to calm your nerves and relax the senses.

  • It’s highly regarded as a Cardiovascular Tonic.
    As mentioned above, motherwort benefits by increasing blood flow in the body. A lot of heart diseases are a result of inadequate blood circulation. Studies have shown the effects of this herb on soothing heart palpitations as well as slowing down heartbeats. Therefore, motherwort is a potent cardiovascular tonic. By the same token, this herb can be of help for people that suffer from emotional heartache or a broken heart.

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