Motherwort (Leonurus Cardiaca)
Leonurus Cardiaca is popularly known as lion’s ear, lion’s tail, or motherwort. This medicinal plant is native to Europe and Asia, but it is cultivated widely in the USA as well. It finds mention in the traditional medicine of ancient China, Greece, and the Roman Empire where it is revered as an effective tonic for the heart and anxiety.
It is recognized for its parturient, nervine, emmenagogue, diuretic, diaphoretic, cordial, astringent, aromatic, and anti-spasmodic properties.
Most used for promoting the health of the heart, Leonurus Cardiaca is used to improve blood circulation, regulate rapid heartbeat, and relax the muscles of the heart. It also lowers cholesterol, high blood pressure, and swelling owing to water retention. Motherwort has been approved by the German Commission E for the treatment of nervous cardiac conditions and thyroid hyper-function.
This herb is also acclaimed as an excellent tonic for women as it helps with a number of women-related ailments such as menstrual irregularity and discomfort, scanty menses, depression and mood swings, and even pain related to childbirth (combined with valerian).
Leonurus Cardiaca is contraindicated during pregnancy as it can cause uterine contractions. It can be administered in the last days as it can induce labor and make childbirth easier.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!