Mother-Wort (Leonurus cardiaca)
A Great Herb for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
Mother-Wort is used for several menopause symptoms:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Rapid heartbeat
Mother-Wort is calming without making you drowsy which is one of its great attributes. It relieves menopause anxiety and heart palpitations which often accompany hot flashes. But many women experience rapid heartbeat during menopause without hot flashes and will benefit from Motherwort.
Because of its calming effect, it can be used to treat insomnia in menopause. It can help you to go back to sleep when a night sweat wakes you up.
Mother-Wort helps to stopfaintness and dizziness, two very common menopause symptoms, because it increases the blood flow in the body.
The use of Motherwort during peri-menopause may cause an increase in menstrual bleeding because this herb relaxes the uterine muscles. However, because of the same effect it is used in small doses to treat menstrual cramps.
Dosage of Mother-Wort
Because of its very bitter taste most women find it easier to use MotherwortTinctures.
For menopause symptoms take half a teaspoon (about 10-15 drops from a dropper) of Motherwort tincture, preferably in a small glass of water 3-4 times a day for about 4 weeks.
Alternatively, you can use Mother-Wort every time you have symptoms. Be cautious not to overdue it because of the alcohol content of the tincture.
Make your own Motherwort Tincture – It’s Easy
When the Motherwort is in full bloom (June/July), cut the stems with the flowers and leaves. Chop the herb into small pieces and pack loosely in a glass jar.
Fill jar with 100 proof vodka (50% alcohol) and let sit for six weeks in a dark and cool place. Shake contents several times during this time and make sure that alcohol covers the herb material.
After six weeks filter and put in clean bottle (preferably dark glass). Don’t forget to label with content and date.
Instead of vodka, you can use any other drinkable clear alcohol such as gin.
Side Effects and Drug Interactions
Motherwort should not be taken during pregnancy because of the effect on the uterus.
People with heart disease should consult with their doctor before using Motherwort.
What is Mother-Wort?
Mother-Wort is a perennial and part of the mint family. It has been cultivated as a medicinal herb in Europe, Central Asia and North America for centuries. The leaves and blooming flower stalk is harvested and dried for teas or supplements.
Because Motherwort is very bitter, it is best uses as a tincture or as a supplement.
Mother-Wort was used by midwifes during and after labor and to treat inflammations of the uterus (now called pelvic inflammatory disease) which gave the herb its common name.
It has been used since the ancient Greeks as a women’s tonic. The herb is also known for its benefits to the heart and respiratory system.
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