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Motherwort has been used by European, Native American and Chinese women for many years. It has been in use since before the 1600s.
It is gently calming without being sedating.
Leonurus cardiaca is the botanical name, and it is known for helping with hot flashes, anxiety and insomnia. It is also a heart tonic, and can ease palpitations and angina. It works well with another heart tonic, hawthorn (Crataegus). It is also known for opening your heart energetically.
It is hypotensive, meaning it can lower blood pressure.
According to Amanda McQuade Crawford, in The Herbal Menopause Book, "It is especially useful for hot flashes with nervous tension as the primary trigger, accompanied by palpitations of the heart. Motherwort has been considered a specific treatment for all conditions of hormonal imbalance and nervous tension."
The herb is a perennial that grows 3 to 5 feet high, with purplish or whitish-red flowers. It is in the mint family.
Precautions: May affect blood clotting. If you have a clotting disorder, avoid motherwort. It is a uterine stimulant. Don't take in pregnancy.
Preparations and dosage: Parts used are the leaf or whole plant. Tincture: 10-20 drops 3 x/day or a dropperful as needed for nerves, hot flashes or insomnia.
You can buy motherwort tincture below. This is the one I use, and it is excellent.
Personal Experience: This is one of my favorite herbs. I use it for stress, better sleep, and to nourish my heart.
I first started taking it to help lower my blood pressure (30-60 drops/day), and found that, from the first day, I slept really well, it was a deep sleep, but I didn't feel groggy at all when I woke up, simply rested. And my hot flashes have been reduced significantly in the amount I'm taking each day. The intensity has also lessened somewhat. All in all, I'm very happy with my motherwort right now! (I haven't been taking it long enough to see how it works for my blood pressure-that takes 6 to 8 weeks, maybe more).