Leonurus cardiaca

As the common name suggests, motherwort is associated with supporting women’s health; and as the Latin name suggests it also has an affinity with the heart, and is used specifically for relieving anxiety felt in that part of the body.

On close examination of a motherwort plant in bloom, you’ll find soft, furry flowers surrounded by sharp little spikes. We like to think of this as a reflection of her archetypal mother-like qualities of being both caring and (sometimes fiercely) protective.

Native to central Asia and parts of south-eastern Europe, motherwort has been naturalised around the world – spread by our ancestors as they carried their precious medicines on their travels. Motherwort can grow in most soil types and once established requires very little care. Grow in full sunshine or partial shade. Harvest the aerial parts when she starts to flower.

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