Day 171/365 - On Motherwort

6/20/17

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Today I’m talking about the herb Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), which in latin means ‘Lion heart.’ Aptly name, it has been traditionally used to strengthen one’s heart, and is also a nervine indicated for many phases of a woman’s life.

  • Helps heart function - for anxiety when your heart squeezes, chest feels tight
  • Hypertension, palpitations (hyperthyroid symptoms) - safe in hypothyroidism too
  • Anxiolytic, analgesic, nervine, antispasmodic, emmenagogue
  • Women’s issues: PMS, dysmenorrhea, post-partum pain, menopausal anxiety
  • Slightly estrogenic
  • Contraindicated in 1st trimester of pregnancy
  • GAD (General Anxiety Disorder), nervousness
  • “Feeling of being held in caretaker’s arms”