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Have You Seen This Herb? Motherwort: Strengthens The Heart And, Well- Our Mothers Too!

I went for a 2 hour walk yesterday evening and I was again amazed by all the medicinal plants popping out of concrete and hiding in random yards and storefront landscaping. East Lansing is no major metropolis but it is in majority concrete like most cities- but life finds a way! There are nutritious and medicinal plants around every corner.

Here's some of my favorites from yesterday's walk!

 CLICK TO ENLARGE: Motherwort found along the Sanford Natural Area on East MSU Campus. As a side note, just two days later, it was all cut down:( Very sad:(Motherwort (a.k.a. Leonerus cardiaca) is one of my favorites to find because it's so distinct! Here's a few ailments and conditions that it can be used for.

  • the name indicates it's relevance to menstrual and uterine conditions while cardiaca indicates heart and circulatory uses. 
  • used to bring about delayed or suppressed menstruation especially where anxiety is involved
  • used as a menopausal changes tonic
  • may be used to ease false labor pains
  • excellent tonic for the heart, strengthening without straining
  • specific for over-rapid heart beat when brought on by stress
  • may be used for heart issues that are brougth on by anxiety and tension

Is that cool or what! I actually recently had my Mom start taking this as she experienced chest pain several weeks ago. All though she "checked out" as not having a heart attack or that her heart was in duress, we're playing it safe and beginning heart strengthening antioxidants and motherwort everyday. Motherwort for my Mother- funny!

Once you have this lovely plant in hand, what do you do with it? The best course of action in my opinion is tincture making. It preserves herbs indefinitely, they are effective and inexpensive. Learn how to make a tincture at my post "Harvesting, Preserving & Making Herbal Medicines at Home". There you will find a mountain of information, including how to make tinctures at home & some Do's & Don'ts.

Don't have time to harvest and make tinctures at home? Order from a skilled herbal company right here in Michigan. Good Herbs carries the very best and their Motherwort is competitively priced in the 4 oz bottle. This is what I would recommend as it's approximately a 4 month supply. This herb will need to be taken long term to strengthen the heart. 

Happy Wild Harvesting!