Leonurus cardiaca, Labiatae. The aerial parts of the plant are used.

The stalks should be gathered at the time of flowering, in late summer.

Functions of motherwort


  • can be used in conditions related to menstruation and the uterus. It is valuable for delayed onset of menstruation or suppressed menstruation, especially where there is anxiety or tension involved.
  • is a useful relaxing tonic for menopausal changes.
  • can be used to ease false labour pains.
  • is also an excellent tonic for the heart, strengthening without straining and it is a specific herb for over-rapid heart beats where this is brought on by anxiety and stress. It may be used in all heart conditions associated with anxiety and tension.

Notes on motherwort

  • Some people get a skin rash after handling motherwort.


Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonsful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times per day.

Tincture: take 1-4 ml of the tincture three times per day.


Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

Hoffmann, F. and Manning M. 2002, Herbal Medicine and Botanical Medical Fads. The Haworth Press.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.




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