Latin name: (Genus) Leonurus; (Species) L. cardiaca.
Also known as Throw-Wort, Lion's Ear, and Lion's Tail, Motherwort is a herbaceous perennial plant with a long history of use in herbal medicine.
Primarily, Motherwort is recognized as a nerve tonic, a cardiac tonic and a uterine tonic, as well as an antispasmodic and emmenagogue (helps regulate menstruation).
Midwives have long since used Motherwort to help prevent uterine infection, and to combat stress and promote relaxation during pregnancy. Also to help guard against haemorrhage.
Motherwort has also been used to help relieve stomach cramps and flatulence, as well as to ease the symptoms of menopause, and even insomnia.
The effects of Motherwort as a sedative and relaxant are well documented in traditional medicine.
These days Motherwort is also being used as an anti-clotting agent and is said by some to help thin the blood and lower blood pressure.
For further information on the properties and use of Motherwort we suggest you consult a herbal or medical practitioner.