When I think of the name Motherwort, it sounds like something out of a spell book. But, aren’t all spells just intentions for life? Well, Motherwort’s intention is to calm your nervous system down from the day to day stress. I would grab this herb if I had a situation that was stressing me out so bad that my heart began to hurt. I don’t know if you have ever experienced that feeling of whether it’s a heart attack or a panic attack, but I sure have. In addition to getting your heart checked, this could be a powerful alley in calming your heart.
In addition to taking a supplement that is in mitochondrial range to make sure this herb works, Motherwort’s therapeutic dose is between 250-500mg.
What part of the herb do the medicinal properties come from?
This sun loving plant loves to lay its seeds in the spring or early summer and can be harvested by autumn. The part of the plant that grows above ground can then be used to make Motherwort.
Now that you have your Motherwort, how do you take it?
You can consume Motherwort in the following ways:
Drink it as a Tea:
Boil one cup of water and add in 1-2 teaspoons of Motherwort. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before drinking. Can be drunk 3 times a day.
Take it as tincture:
Drop 1-4ml of the liquid herb in water 3 times a day.
Who should be careful of this herb and what are some contraindications?
- It can be used by Pregnant women, but with caution. It can speed up the birthing process, so it is recommended that this herb is taken under the supervision of a doctor.
- It is not recommended to take motherwort if you plan on having a surgery that puts you under. This is because it can sedate the nervous system too much. They say it’s best to take two weeks off before surgery.
- Since this increases blood flow, it is not recommended for those with heavy menstrual periods. If your blood doesn’t clot easily, I would stay away from this herb.
- It may compete with heart medicine, so it is best to speak to a doctor to make sure it does not over stimulate.
- If you take too much this can cause diarrhea, sensitivity to the sun, and sleepiness. When in doubt, less is more!
I mentioned before about this herb calming down the nervous system but what else does it do?
5 Interesting Insights including some background about the herb:
- Helps with hypersensitivity of the nervous system. What does hypersensitivity look like? Are you someone that jumps easily when someone walks into the room? What about if someone touches you on the shoulder? Some of this can stem from trauma but this herb can help with that while you are seeking therapy for those triggers.
- If the stress is causing high blood pressure and your heart rate to increase, this herb can soothe your system to place it back into balance.
- Painful periods that aren’t too heavy? Motherwart will help. Since this herb is known to increase blood flow, it is not recommended if you suffer from heavy periods.
- Issues sleeping? Combine this with valerian root, hops, and lemon balm it will aid in a restful night sleep. This is known to be helpful if you are quitting alcohol and used it in the past to fall asleep.
- There is some truth to my thought of this herb sounding like a spell because back in the medieval days Motherwort was used to protect against evil spirits.
After researching Motherwort, I could think of times in my life I could have really used this. I personally would rather drink it in a tea with some honey. What about you? Are you a tea drinker or tincture person?