Leonarus cardiaca

Here is an herb that has found favor with many women. But motherwort is not for women only! Men and women alike have used this herb for nervous tension, respiratory congestion and the common cold.

Other Names: Lion’s Tail, Lion’s Ear, Throw-Wort

mugwort leavesMotherwort is a native of many parts of Europe and is often found in country gardens, where it was formerly grown for medicinal purposes, but it is rare to find it growing truly wild in England.

Motherwort has an unpleasant smell.

Motherwort as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

The medicinal parts are the fresh aerial parts collected during the flowering season.

Motherwort was commonly used to treat menstrual disorders, vaginitis, heart tonic, and has sedative and antiepileptic properties. It is also used to promote menstrual bleeding and to aid in childbirth, as well as to ease hot flashes during menopause. The herb is most potent right after flowering.

Motherwort is especially valuable (hence the name) allaying nervous irritability and relaxing the whole nervous system.

Old writers tell us that there is no better herb for strengthening the heart, and that it is good against hysterical complaints, and especially for palpitations of the heart caused from hysteria.

When made into a syrup, it will allay inward tremors, faintings, etc. There is no doubt Motherwort has proved the truth of their claims in its use as a simple tonic, not only in heart disease, neuralgia and other affections of the heart, but also in spinal disease and in recovery from fevers where other tonics are inadmissable.

Motherwort is approved by Commission E for nervous heart complaints.

In folk medicine, it is used for bronchial asthma, climacteric symptoms and amenorrhea.

Homeopathic Uses: Homeopathic treatments include use for cardiac complaints, flatulence and hyperthyroidism.

Motherwort may be given in decoctions, or a strong infusion, but is very unpleasant to take that way. The infusion is made from 1 ounce of the herb to a pint of boiling water, taken in wineglassful doses.

Culinary Uses of Motherwort

Generally not used for culinary purposes.


Do not use if pregnant or nursing.

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