Herbs For Healing – Motherwort

motherwortMotherwort is a traditional remedy for helping ease the body through change, though in medical circles, you don’t hear anything about it.  I first discovered it in 1998, when I was having bouts of irregular heart beat that were subsequently diagnosed as atrial fibrillation.  The beta blockers the cardiologist put me on for “life” were making me feel worse than the palps, so I set out on a quest for a more natural remedy.  Mother wort was actually the very first herbal discovery on my quest that led me down the path to becoming a wellness consultant.

Motherwort, Leonurus cardiac, is a native of Europe and Asia, but was introduced to the America’s by the colonists.  As a member of the mint family, it is easy to grow and spreads vigorously.  The ancient Greeks gave the herb to expecting mothers to help curb anxiety, hence the name ‘mother wort’ or mother herb.  Aside from being a nervous system tonic, motherwort is also beneficial for heart palpatiations, by acting as an anti-spasmodic.  This same benefit makes it an ideal herb for PMS, helping to reduce irritability and cramping.

In combination with several other herbs, Motherwort has been found to be beneficial for easing hot flashes in perimenopausal women.  Use it in combination with kava, black cohosh, dong quai and bugleweed.

Here’s a simple recipe for motherwort tea.  Steep 1 ounce of dried motherwort in a cup of boiling water.  Infuse for ten minutes, strain and then drink while still warm.  Drink as often as needed.

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