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Motherwort:
The Sacred Herb for Women's Heart Health

As an herbalist, I am fascinated by the healing properties of plants. Among them, motherwort stands out for supporting heart health, especially in women. I’m Zola Kojo, a master herbalist, and I want to share how this sacred plant can benefit women.

Motherwort, or Leonurus cardiaca (“lion-hearted”), has been used for centuries to treat heart palpitations, anxiety, and menstrual disorders. It supports the heart physically and emotionally, helping to regulate the nervous system, reduce stress, and improve heart health. Many of my female clients report feeling calmer and more balanced with regular use.

Additionally, motherwort supports healthy menstrual cycles and eases PMS and menopause symptoms. It contains alkaloids that relax smooth muscle tissue, relieving menstrual cramps and regulating flow.

To prepare motherwort, use the aerial parts (leaves, stems, and flowers). Steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried motherwort in hot water for 10-15 minutes. For a more concentrated form, a tincture is a great option.

Nicknamed "heart lover," motherwort helps with various heart-related issues:

  • Congenital heart defects: Improves circulation and oxygenation, reducing heart strain.
  • Weakened heart muscle: Compounds like leonurine strengthen heart muscle and improve function.
  • Arrhythmias: Regulates heart rhythm and calms the nervous system.
  • High blood pressure: Acts as a mild diuretic, relaxing blood vessels and improving circulation.
  • Coronary artery disease: Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties protect arteries and improve blood flow.
  • Emotional heart health: Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, benefiting heart health.

Motherwort is called the heart lover’s herb because of its ability to support and protect the heart in many ways. Whether you have a specific heart condition or seek to maintain cardiovascular health, motherwort offers wide-ranging benefits.

This sacred plant has supported women’s health for centuries, strengthening the heart, regulating the nervous system, and supporting menstrual health. If you’re looking for a natural way to enhance your well-being, I highly recommend motherwort.

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