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:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
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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