Leonurus cardiaca which means Lion (Leo) Heart (cardiaca) or commonly called Motherwort is an amazing herb for the heart, and also for women’s reproductive system. I had a friend come to me with issues related to menopause, hot flashes, rapid heart rate, chills, and mood changes. I just happened to be growing a beautiful stand of Motherwort, and I said that I would prepare a tincture for her. The aerial parts of the plant are used for this purpose, and I used 75 % ethanol as a solution, but I could have gotten away with about 55% as that is the amount that is alcohol soluble in this plant. The other 45% is water soluble so I guess I could have saved a little money by cutting the percentage, but I am fine with that. Iridoids like Leonurides and others are some of the main constituents that are indicated for Motherwort. It is a nervine which can help with mood swings. It is a fantastic emmenagogue for proper uterine conditions. It is a great cardiotonic, and hypotensive that help to regulate and tonify the heart, and circulatory system. Here is a picture of the plant just before flowering as that is when all the proper “Qi energy” is stored at this stage of growth:
I prepared the tincture fresh but slightly wilted as to release some unwanted moisture, but to still capture the vibrant energy. I did let her know that with excessive use, Motherwort can interfere with other cardiovascular treatments and that she should consult her primary physician before undergoing a course of this medication.
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