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Motherwort (organic)



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Product Description

Botanical Name: Leonurus cardiaca

Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Botanical Description:
Leonurus cardiaca, commonly known as motherwort, is a perennial herbaceous plant native to Europe and Asia, but it has naturalized in other parts of the world, including North America. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is characterized by its square stems, deeply lobed leaves, and clusters of small pink to purple flowers. Motherwort typically grows to a height of 1-2 meters and thrives in sunny or partially shaded areas with well-drained soil. The leaves of motherwort are deeply lobed and toothed, resembling the shape of a lion's tail, which is where the genus name "Leonurus" is derived from. The flowers of motherwort are small and tubular, arranged in dense whorls along the upper portion of the stems. Motherwort blooms from late spring to early autumn and attracts bees and other pollinators to the garden.

Motherwort has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine, particularly in Europe and Asia. It was revered for its medicinal properties and used to promote women's health, often being referred to as "mother's herb" due to its historical uses.

Tea: Prepare motherwort tea by steeping dried motherwort leaves and flowers in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Strain the infusion and drink it. Motherwort tea may be consumed warm or chilled and sweetened with honey if desired.
Tincture: Prepare a motherwort tincture by macerating dried motherwort leaves and flowers in alcohol (such as vodka or brandy) for several weeks. Strain the tincture and store it in a dark glass bottle. Take the tincture orally by diluting it in water or juice according to the dosage instructions provided on the product label or by a qualified herbalist.
Topical Application: Prepare a strong motherwort infusion and allow it to cool. Use the infusion topically as a wash, compress, or poultice. Motherwort-infused oils, creams, and salves may also be applied to the skin.

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