Hello, and thank you for joining me for this week’s Plant Walk Tuesday! Today we will be meeting the herbal healer Motherwort. This bitter, spicy, and warming herb is a member of the mint family. It is thought to originate from southeastern Europe and Asia. Traditionally used by the ancient Greeks as a remedy for postpartum women suffering from anxiety, this plant received its binomial latin name “Leonurus cardiaca” (which directly translates to “lion’s heart”) for it’s ability, both energetically and physically, to calm the heart, ease palpitations, and sooth the nervous system.
In the right environment, Motherwort can grow quite tall reaching heights up to 10 feet. It has a strong & sturdy stem with leaves branching out. In the summertime, beautiful pink or white fuzzy flowers bloom. This is a great herb to add to your medicinal garden. Once planted, Motherwort will multiply, and continue to grow for years! For this reason it is advised to plant seedlings about 1 foot apart.
The meaning behind both the common & Latin name of this phenomenal herb pays tribute to it’s healing powers. The name Motherwort relates to how this vitalizing medicine has been used for centuries to heal mothers, and play a supportive role for all women as they transition through all the seasons of life.
Motherwort can be used to reduce anxiety and heart palpitations, treat postpartum depression, and ease menopausal symptoms. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Motherwort is used to regulate the menstrual cycle, and reduce symptoms of PMS.
Energetically, a herbal infusion of Motherwort can be equated to the feeling of a mother’s embrace - calm, soothing, full of tenderness and warmth. Let’s be honest who doesn’t need a little extra tender lovin care from the powers of a lioness’s heart from time to time?
A great way use Motherwort is as a tincture. Due to it’s bitter properties I find this medicine more enjoyable, and the tincture loosely reminds me of the smell of chocolate. This medicine calms anxiety, loneliness, and stress by giving extra love to the heart centre. For this reason it can also be a great remedy to use to draw deep into meditation or relaxation of any kind by taking off some of the weight we as humans carry around with us in our heart, and therefore allowing us to drop into a clear and centred head & heart space.
This is a safe medicine, but should be avoided for those that are pregnant due to it being an emmenagogue, which means it can help stimulate menstrual flow.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit about the powers of the Lion’s Heart, Leonurus cardiaca, Motherwort. I myself have been fostering a deeper connection with this beautiful plant lately as it has been calling to me for some time now.
This post is intended to shine light on the medicine especially for the ladies out there who can benefit from this vital ally (men can use it too of course!). However, the list of actions and benefits that Motherwort has is extensive and by no means summarized in totality in this post. Everyone can benefit from using this medicine but please remember that this is intended to be fun and shed light on different plant medicines so you can feel inspired to discover more about what is calling you! This post is not intended to be used as medical advice or a prescription. Thank you so much for taking this walk with me! See you next week 😊