Motherwort - Benefits And Side Effects
Botanical name: Leonurus cardiaca
Actions: Antispasmodic, cardiac (tonic), cathartic (aperient), diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, nervine and tonic
Parts used : The aerial portion of the herb
Motherwort is also known by the name Lion's Ear. Motherwort originally came from central Eurasia, but has now spread to all temperate areas of the world, primarily as a garden plant, but also as an escaped weed. The leaves and flowers of this mint family plant are used medicinally. Motherwort came from central Eurasia originally, but has spread to all temperate areas of the world, primarily as a garden plant but also as an escaped weed.
This is an erect perennial, 60-120cm high, with prominent coarsely-toothed 5-7-lobed leaves. Whorls of white to pink flowers arise in the upper leaf axils; the calyx and later the seed case are notable for the border of prickly teeth. Motherwort grows in waste places and hedgerows throughout northern temperate regions and is common in Britain.
Medical uses and benefits of Motherwort
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