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  • Leonurus cardiaca
  • Origin: Poland


Common Name

Standardized: motherwort
Other: common motherwort

Botanical Name

Leonurus cardiaca L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae


Motherwort is a mint with dull green, hairy leaves and an intensely bitter taste. The botanical name Leonurus refers to a fanciful resemblance of the leaves to a lion's tale. One rather odd Hindu tale relates that if you make a tea of motherwort and add it to the laundry when you wash your socks and underwear, you will bring peace to your home.

Parts Used

All the above-ground parts of the plant, gathered after flowering, dried, and cut.

Typical Preparations

Traditionally used as a tea. Frequently combined with hawthorn. May also be taken as an extract or capsule.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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