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Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)


Motherwort known by its scientific name as Leonurus cardiac is a natural herb that is most prevalent in Asia, America and Europe. It grows perfectly along riverbanks that tend to have loose soils. It is a 5-leaved herb that is strong and once it has been planted in seed, it is believed that it can withstand most soils. During its growing period, the herb tends to scatter its seeds and this makes it easier for it to flourish for many years without even proper care.  In the late summer, that’s when the herb blossoms, paving way for its leaves to turn hairy and paler greenish yellow color. During its growth, the herb grows on a straight stem and its leaves shooting perpendicularly to the stem. At the base of every cluster of leaves, small pinkish red flowers will be noticed.  It grows up to two and five feet tall.

Medicinal Uses

There are various medicinal uses that come with this herb in the world today. However, it is important to exercise caution first before taking the herb by consulting your physician first. He will be in a better position to provide you with detailed instructions on how you are supposed to take the herb, in which form and for how long. Having said this, here are the medicinal uses of motherworts.

  1. The herb is used in the treatment of irregular heartbeats that arte directly associated with hyperthyroidism, anxiety or even stress.
  2. It helps in the treatment of shingles; which is a viral infection brought about by chicken pox. In most cases, it causes painful rashes and putting the herb in a soothing bath helps in relieving the pain.
  3. Motherwort has a medicinal use in that, it reduces hypertension and this in turn allows free flow of blood in the body.
  4. Plays a major role in preventing blood clots as well as strokes that may be caused due to one reason or the other.
  5. It is used in treating feminine reproductive conditions and headaches as well.
  6. When women reach menopause, they think that all is lost. However, motherwort is used to alleviate such thoughts of hot flashes and anxieties making the women live comfortably.

 Dosage and Administration

The dosage and administration of motherwort will solely depend on the condition as well as the form in which the herb is being provided.

  1. For pregnant women, it is believed that taking the herb 3 times daily basis especially during the last weeks of pregnancy helps in inducing synchronized retrenchments of the womb.
  2. It is recommended that an individual is required to take about ten to thirty grams of powdered Leonurus cardiaca on daily basis for unmatched relief.
  3. For those who have premenstrual-related signs, a dose of fifteen to forty drops of motherwort tincture is recommended on daily basis for maximum relief.

Parts Used

All parts of Leonurus cardiaca that grow above it are the most used parts for various herbal, healing and medicinal purposes. The main parts include:-

  1. The leaves
  2. The stalk
  3. The flowers

All these are in most cases dried in a large clump, crushed together and then used for various purposes. On the other hand, the parts can be used individually to form tea, capsules, tinctures or liquid extracts. 


Some of the benefits of motherwort plant are as outlined below:-

  1. Motherwort is used as an intensifier of the heart simply because it helps in treating heart palpitations as well as arrhythmias.
  2. Helps in relieving generalized stress and anxiety as well.
  3. Provides mothers with a calming effect especially during childbirth by preventing miscarriages.

Side Effects

It has been believed that motherwort is a kind of plant that plays a major role as a sedative. This is because it is made into tea for various medicinal uses. For instance, women can drink the tea and this in turn will help them especially during childbirth and treating other anxiety issues. While this is the case, it is important to note that Leonurus cardiaca carries with it some risks of side effects. Some of them include the following.

  1. It is believed that using the herb especially by people who are prone to sunlight can easily cause sunburns. As such, it is imperative to ensure that you wear sunscreens especially if you have outdoor escapades.
  2. When it comes to skin, it has been proved that motherwort causes skin irritation in some people in form of rashes, swollen limbs and hives among others.
  3. Since motherwort is considered to be a blood thinner, there comes a time when it is hard for some people to stop bleeding from wounds.
  4. There are some people who may have breathing issues or some tightness in the chest after using this herb.

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