Motherwort Plant Health Benefits

The motherwort plant has been grown in the gardens of monasteries since the 15th century and was highly appreciated all over Europe, being regarded even as a universal healing plant. Later on, this was the reason it became discredited. Today, though its role in phytotherapy is not outstanding, it is still a helpful plant.

motherwort plant benefits
Motherwort plant

Healing Properties and Warning

The entire plant contains an essential oil, a bitter component (leonurine), an alkaloid (leonurinine), glycosides, and tannins. It has the following properties:

  1. Cardiotonic and sedative: Strengthens the heart muscle, calms nervous tachycardia, and palpitations. It is recommended for people suffering from hypertension and angina pectoris.
  2. Emmenagogue: The alkaloid it contains stimulates contractions of the uterus and promotes menstrual flow. It is used in dysmenorrhea (menstruation disorders).
  3. Astringent due to its content of tannin and carminative (eliminates gases and intestinal flatulence).
  4. Cicatrizant: Motherwort infusions are used to clean and cure wounds.
motherwort plant uses

Motherwort Plant Scientific Facts

  1. Other names: Lion’s ear, lion’s tail, Roman Motherwort, throwwort.
  2. French: Agripaume, cardiaque.
  3. Spanish: Cola de leon, agripalma.
  4. Environment: Not typical in Europe and North America.
  5. Description: Vivacious plant of the Labiatae family, growing from 60 to 120 cm high. Large, petiolate, palm-shaped leaves with pink or purple flowers.
  6. Parts of the plant used medicinally: Flower clusters and fresh leaves.
motherwort plant identification

How to use Motherwort

  1. Infusion with 30-50g of flower clusters and leaves per liter of water, drinking three or four cups a day.
  2. Fluid extract: Ten drops, three times a day.
  3. Washing wounds with the same infusion employed for internal use.


George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. Vols. 1 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 224. Print. [motherwort plant]

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