The plant is a member of the Mint family. The leaves and flowers are used to make herbal medicine. It has a pungent odor and a very bitter taste. A mature plant has many white, fuzzy hairs associated with the blooms. It grows up to four feet in height and is found along roadsides and vacant fields. It is very useful for a variety of health issues and Is very nutritious like stinging nettles and dandelions. The plant contains the alkaloid leonurine, which is a mild vasodilator and has a calming effect on smooth muscles. It has been used to improve circulation and lower blood lipids. It is known to reduce blood pressure and maintain a steady heartbeat. It has relaxing effects on the nervous system and is used by herbalists to treat heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat associated with panic attacks. It is useful and helps treat abnormal menstrual cycles, premenstrual syndrome and menopause symptoms. Because of its antispasmodic effects, Motherwort is helpful in restoring uterine muscle tone after the childbirth and is not recommended during pregnancy as it may create uterine contraction and potential miscarriage. It can create sensitivity to natural and artificial sunlight for some individuals. Sunscreen should be used when taking motherwort. It’s also a supportive therapy for hyper thyroid activity. It is a, Sedative, Hypotensive, Cardio tonic, Antispasmodic, Emmenagogue, Relaxant, Carminative and Diaphoretic.
My name is Dawn Durow. I am a Professional Herbalist. I have a passion for natural healing and using herbs for health and wellness. I use locally grown, wild crafted and organic herbs in my practice.