Leonurus cardiaca
Uses: Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 4-8)
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall Ease of Germination: Easy
A member of the mint family, motherwort is upright, and prickly. Blooms with woolly, whorling, purple flowers during warm summer months. As its name suggests, mother and wort, meaning “to heal”, it isnt surprising that motherwort traditionally surrounds aspects of fertility, childbirth, and menopause; especially valuable for PMS, menstrual pain, or delayed menstruation. It is said to calm the entire nervous system, anxieties and nervousness; a gentle sedative. Cardiaca indicates its affinity for the cardiovascular system as it strengthens the heart and is often prescribed for palpitations. It can also help an overactive thyroid and reduce inflammation due to its antioxidant effect. Other actions include antispasmodic, hepatic and hypotensive. Dried leaves can be brewed into a tea or used as a tincture. Seeds must be stratified for germination and should ideally be sown in the fall. Careful of aggressive spreading, standard for plants in the mint family. Tolerates a variety of light and soil conditions.
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