Botanical Name: Leonurus cardiaca
- English: Lion’s ear, Lion’s tail, Throw wort, Common Motherwort
- Unani: Baranjaasif
- Also, known as: Agrimaume, agripalma, agripaume, agripoume cardiaque, äkta hjärtstilla, arslan kuyruğu, arslonkuiruk, baqlat el amhât, bonässla, bärenschweif, cardiaca, cardiaco, cardiaque, coda di leone, common motherwort, common mother-wort, dom-e-shir, echtes Herzgespann, farâsîyûn el qalb, farasyun kalbi, fi ve-lobed bladderwort, herbe battudo, Herzgespann, hjärtstilla, kalomiro, leonuro, lääne-südamerohi, Löwenschwanz, melissa salvatica, motherwort, Mutterwurz, nukula, pust’rnik serdechn’i, qafi , roman motherwort, serdetshn’i, shavbalaha, sidrs mātere, talpa gâştii, throw-wort, tsan-ts’ai, wolfstrapp, yabani pirasa, yi-mu-ts,ao, t’ui
Habitat: Native to Europe
Parts Used: Aerial parts of the plant
There are about ten Eurasian species of this plant, three of them having been introduced into North America from Europe. The genus is of the mint family. Motherwort is an exotic perennial plant found growing in pastures and fields, flowering, with pink or white flowers in dense auxiliary whorls, from May to September. The upper lip of the corolla is shaggy; the calyx has stiff teeth. The rigid stem grows up to 5 ft., bearing some resemblance to Horehound, but has much longer and darker leaves. The stem pieces are hairy, longitudinally striated, quadrangular, hollow, up to about 10 mm wide.
It is distinguished from all other British labiates by the leaves, which are deeply and palmately cut into five lobes, or three-pointed segments, and by the prickly calyx-teeth of its flowers. When not in flower, it resembles Mugwort in habit.
The name of the genus, Leonurus, in Greek signifies a Lion’s tail, from some fancied resemblance in the plant.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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