The early Greeks gave Motherwort to pregnant women suffering from anxiety.
Common Names: Lion’s Tail
Latin Name: Leonurus cardiac
Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Parts Used: Leaf
Habitat: Native to central Asia; grows wild in woodlands, open areas, and along roadsides; can grow in common garden soil
Uses: As its species name cardiaca indicates, Motherwort has long been thought of as a heart remedy. It is often prescribed for heart palpitations, and it acts as an antispasmodic to promote relaxation in muscles. However, it paradoxically stimulates the muscles of the uterus and can help with delayed menstruation or menstrual cramps.
Actions & Constituents: Alkaloids have a sedative effect on the central nervous system and aid in hypertension. Also contains an iridoid, diterpenes, and tannins, which contribute to its antispasmodic and anti-rheumatic properties.
How to Prepare: Primarily prepared as a tea