Grwoing right in your yard!
I wanted to introduce to you a great medicinal herb that grows in abundance all throughout our beloved earth. Motherwort is the name of the herb and the genus name Leonurus is derived from a Latin word, leo meaning 'lions' and a Greek word oura, meaning 'tail', in reference to the leaf's shaggy shape - like a lion's tail. The species name, cardiaca is from the Greek word kardiaca, meaning 'heart'.In ritual uses the herb of Venus and Leo I was a strengthening herb, giving a person a sense of purpose, and joy in the completion of the work needed. It brings an attitude that all will succeed and allows for the growth of inner trust, knowing that all will work towards a good and positive conclusion. It is also used as an herb of protection and counter magic. It is known as Lion's Tail, Heartwort and Motherwort. Motherwort is an excellent herb to benefit heart function and coronary health. You can find it anywhere from here in Southern California to Russia, Sweden, Korea, China, and Americas. Related to the heart and increasing the chakra with joy, it inhibits blood platelet aggregation, lowers blood lipid levels, lowers high blood pressure and calms arrhythmias. As a cardiac and nerve tonic, Motherwort has been shown to be hypotensive, sedative, and antispasmodic. Itcalms palpitations and normalizes heart function in general. Being a mild relaxing agent it is often used to treat such menopausal complaints as nervousness, insomnia, heart palpitations, and rapid heart rate and symptoms that sometimes accompany thyroid disease. Motherwort is useful for headache, insomnia, and vertigo. It is sometimes used to relieve asthma, bronchitis, and other lung problems, usually mixed with mullein and other lung herbs. For depression and other symptoms you can use ginger and linden flower. Growing local to the Southern California area, it is identifiable in the Santa Monica Mountains and throughout Topanga Canyon and Malibu. It’s real easy, Its has a leaf that looks like a lion’s tail and the top portion is shine dark green and the bottom of leaf is dull silver green.
carcinoma, mammary tumors and human Colon Cancer and contains Ursolic Acid. It also appears to inhibit replication of viruses such as Herpes, polio and Epstein-Barr.
Alkaloids (including leonurine and stachydrene), ridoid glycoside (leonuride), iridoid glycosides (including leonurin and leonuridine), diterpenoids (including leocardin),ursolic acid, volatile oil, tannins, vitamin A.
Rutin, quinqueloside, genkwanin, quercitin, quercetin, isoquercetrin, hyperoside, apigenin and kaempferol glucosides.
It also contains many trace elements, such as Zn, Cu, Mn, Fe, Ni, Pb, As, Se, Ge, and Rb, among which
Fe, Mn, Zn, and Rb are of relatively high content levels.
Dosage: 10-30 gms
Bitter, spicy, slightly cold Meridians/Organs affected: pericardium, liver
Infusion of aerial parts: use as a tonic for menopausal syndrome, anxiety and heart weaknesses, or for menstrual pain. Add 2-3 cloves and drink labor. Take after childbirth to help restore the uterus and
reduce the risk of postpartum bleeding
Tincture of aerial parts: use as the infusion. Prescribed with herbs such as hawthorn as a heart tonic.
Douche of aerial parts: Use the infusion or diluted tincture for vaginal infections and discharges
Decoction of Seeds: use for menstrual problems
Support the hormonal changes that occur before menstruation beings. When taken over a period of time—2 to 6 months—they assist in relieving nervous anxiety, mood swings, irritability, swollen and sore breasts, water retention and cramping. 3 parts chasteberries,2 parts crampbark, 2 parts motherwort, 1 part oatstraw, 2 parts sarsaparilla root. Take 2-4 times per day from ovulation through bleeding. As a tincture, take 15-40 drops. To make tea, pour 1 cup of hot steaming water over 2-3 teaspoons of herbs and drink 2-4 cups a day.
General Menopause Tonic:
3 parts chasteberry (and or) noni, 2 parts motherwort, 2 parts he shou wu, 2 parts fresh milkwild oat seed, 1 part
Dong Quai root, 1 part wild yam root, 1 part false unicorn root, ¼ part licorice
root. Take as a tincture, 25-50 drops, 2-3 times per day, 5-6 days a week.
For a possible tranquilizing, uterine stimulating, blood pressure-lowering infusion, use 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to 2 cups a day, a tablespoon at a time. Because of the very bitter taste, add sweetener or honey, and lemon or mix it into an herbal beverage tea to improve flavor. In a tincture, take ½ to 1 teaspoon up to twice a day. Do not give to children under age 2.