Motherwort can be an herb worth giving for Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is in the season of fertility and new growth in gardens even medicinal herb gardens. Motherwort is a medicinal herb that helps women new to motherhood and those who have reached the end of their birthing years. It has many medicinal properties that are not just beneficial to mothers. Its Latin name is Leonurus cardiaca and has origins in Europe as well as Asia going by the name of lion’s tail. This healing herb is a gift to consider giving to mothers for Mother’s Day.
Motherwort is a perennial herb of the mint family. Once this herb is planted in a garden it will continue to grow without having to plant it again. It grows best in climate zones 4-8 where it is found growing wild. Its light green leaves grow on square stems with pink or light purple flowers that bloom in August. Because its flowers drop seeds new plants will emerge making it a potentially invasive plant. Sunny growing spaces are the most suitable places for it grow where bees and other pollinators enjoy its flowers’ nectar.
There are many medicinal benefits of motherwort. Here are a few highlights to this herb.
- Regulates menstrual cycles
- Increases milk supply for breastfeeding mothers
- Assists with symptoms related to menopause (anxiety and delayed periods)
- Contains leonurine, a compound to promote relaxation of blood vessels
- Alleviates anxiety
- Decreases heart palpitations
The benefits of motherwort make it a gift to all mothers in various ways. It can be made into herbal tea, be the healing power in tonics and the main ingredient in tinctures. It is also available in pill form at local health food stores. Consider this herb of the Mother’s Day season a gift for a mother close to you.