Motherwort, Leonuris cardiaca
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This hardy perennial reseeds, but not aggressively. Motherwort begins it’s growth as a soft and sweet looking rosette, then shoots out it’s flowering stalk, with sharp edges around the flowers. This observation begets the folklore of assisting women in their gentle beginnings of womanhood and later in life, when women may draw sharper boundaries and may prickle unwanted company!
PART USED: Flowering herb
FUNCTION: Relieves emotional irritation quickly. This was my favorite nervine when I had young children and would quickly soothe my spirit. A bitter herb useful for maintaining healthy digestion or liver function.