Leonurus cardiaca


Leonurus cardiaca


Motherwort (Mother’s Herb, Wort=Herb). This perennial plant in the mint family is not only a beautiful flowering plant, but a beautiful addition to the materia medica of anyone wishing to gently tonify the female reproductive system and support healthy levels of stress, particularly those affecting Women.* In a personal communication from renowned Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, she related that she has seen very positive results in use of this herb with Mom’s combating "empty nest" syndrome and the feelings that transition can bring.* Many herbalists consider this plant one of the best for “gladdening and strengthening the heart”. The herb has been used traditionally by many cultures, European, Native American, Chinese, and North American Herbalists for a variety of endocrine related issues, and as a tonic for Women’s uterine health.*

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Traditional Health Benefits of Motherwort

Heart Support, Stress Support, Women

What is Motherwort Used for?

Motherwort is a nervine particularly effective in supporting healthy reproductive function in women, especially those influenced by tension and stress.* The plant also supports healthy cardiovascular function and as indicated in its botanical name; early Greek Physicians used the herb for this purpose.*

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Active Constituents of Motherwort

Alkaloids (principally leonurine and stachydrine, with smaller amounts of leonurinine and leonuridine), flavonoids (hyperoside, quercetin, kaempferol, rutin, epicatechin), diterpenes, phenylethanoid glycosides, beta-caryophylline, polysaccharides,

Parts Used

Organic Tops

Additional Resources

Bernatoniene J, Kucinskaite A, Masteikova R, Kalveniene Z, Kasparaviciene G, Savickas A. Acta Pol Pharm. 2009 Jul-Aug;66(4):415-21. Matkowski A, Piotrowska M. Fitoterapia. 2006 Jul;77(5):346-53. Epub 2006 May 19.

Important Precautions

Not for use during pregnancy. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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