If theres a such thing as a plant totem/plant spirit guide, motherwort is definitely mine. I adore her and all that she offers. Having suffered with anxiety and mild depression my entire life, I am definitely drawn to nervine plant medicine, with this beauty at the top of the list.
Motherwort is a member of the mint family, she's a bitter mint, slightly acrid and astringent.
She is a wonderful herb of the heart as she slows heart palpitations and rapid heart rate. She improves fertility and reduces anxiety associated with childbirth, post pardon, depression and menopause. She spreads joy and calmness, and is like a big hug from mom. Motherwort brings down high bp. Her energy is diffusive, moving trapped energy in our core systems that create blockages.
Motherwort will lessen cramping during the childbirth process as well as during menstrual cycle.
In Ayurveda, motherwort pacifies vatta, pitta and kapha, so its good for all constitutions.
She stimulates digestion, liver and pancreas. She's a nervine, sedative, she is calming and gentle. She's an emmenagogue which means she's used to promote menstrual blood. She's cardiovascular as well as a diaphoretic (increases sweat)
Contraindications~ not to be used with hypothyroidism. Also not to be used during pregnancy until the last 4 weeks.
I created this Mothers Hug Tincture using plants I harvested from my garden. This is a wonderful blend of motherwort, mimosa albizia (the tree of happiness), passionflower, (another wonderful nervine), and reishi mushrooms (wonderful immune booster) harvested from the forests of florida. To purchase yours, go to my shop page http://www.shannonnoelkemetalarts.com/shop.html#!/Mothers-Hug-Herbal-Tincture/p/125562795/category=0
I am not a doctor nor an expert. Just sharing my love of natural plant medicine as Im learning. Always consult your local certified herbalist or physician with any questions. this is not meant to cure or diagnose.