Motherwort, scientifically known as Leonurus cardiaca, is a perennial herbaceous plant that has been used in traditional medicine.
It is often used to support women's health, particularly during various stages of the menstrual cycle and menopause. It is believed to have antispasmodic properties that can help relieve menstrual cramps and promote a regular menstrual cycle. It may also be used to alleviate symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, anxiety, and mood swings.
As a cardiovascular tonic, Motherwort is hard to beat. Due to the presence of the chemical alkaloid leonurine, a mild vasodilator, this herb acts as an anti-spasmodic to relax smooth muscles, one of those muscles being the heart. Its calming nature has also been shown to slow heart palpitations and a rapid heartbeat, making it an excellent remedy for cardiac anxiety.
Other important compounds found in this plant include iridoid glycosides, which in conjunction with the plant alkaloids can help to decrease cholesterol and triglycerides, prevent blood clots and blood platelet aggregation, slow down heart rate and decrease blood pressure and improve heart circulation.