Also Known As
Motherwort, Lions Tail, lion's ear, throwwort
Found throughout Europe
Aerial parts used
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Motherwort is indicated for use in heart disease, and can be incorporated into a treatment plan. It is thought to be effective in relieving insomnia and anxiety, whilst easing the user of depression. It is widely known as a uterine stimulant and holds an age-old role in encouraging strong effective contractions in childbirth and bringing on menstruation if it is withheld.
It is also known to be good as a relaxing tonic taken to aid menopausal changes.
Motherwort dried cut herb
Take 1-2 teaspoons of the herb
per cup of boiling water.
Leave infusion of herbs to steep for 10 minutes, then drink the tea,
Up to 3 times per day
Motherwort can be bitter so sweeten with honey.
Motherwort Herbal Tincture-
Take 1-4ml up to 3 times daily
1:4 extraction ratio
25% alcohol volume
Or as recommended by a herbal practitioner
Folklore and History
17th centaury herbalist the famous Culpepper wrote, "There is no better herb to take melancholy vapors from the heart... and make a merry, cheerful soul." As well as viewing this herb as an anti-depressant, he also saw it to be good for heart palpitations, fainting, swooning, for settling women's wombs, to help with childbirth and bring on delayed or suppressed menstruation.
Iridoids, leonuride, Diterpenes, such as leocardin, Flavonoids such as rutin, quinqueloside, genkwanin, quercitin, quercetrin, isoquercetrin, hyperoside, apigenin, and
Not recommended for people taking anticoagulants- blood thinners, aspirin, garlic, willow bark, vitamin E in supplement form, or people with clotting disorders