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Motherwort May 8, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 7:33 pm

 

 

Motherwort is one of those plants that has somehow found its way into native medical lore in every corner of the Earth…from Russia to Romania …from America to Asia.

The genus name Leonurus is derived from a Latin word, leo meaning ‘lions’ and a Greek word oura, meaning ‘tail’, in reference to the leaf’s shaggy shape – like a lion’s tail. The species name, cardiaca is from the Greek word kardiaca, meaning ‘heart’.

 

 

 

The Japanese consider Motherwort tea to be a drink benefiting longevity, thus the expression, "Drink motherwort to the despair of your heirs". The Japanese have a Motherwort festival on the ninth day of the ninth month called Kikousouki. During this time Motherwort flowers are eaten in rice and added to saki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inhibits blood platelet aggregation and lowers blood lipid levels;

Lowers high blood pressure and calms arrhythmias;

Calms palpitations and normalizes heart function in general;

Aids in treating thyroid hyper function;

Helps relieve pain during childbirth;

Stimulates the uterus to contract after delivery, thus helping to prevent infection.

Calms the central nervous system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To drink Motherwort Tea:

 

Step 1: Prepare 2tsp (about 5g) dry motherwort stalks, leaves and/or flowers .

Step 2: Pour boiling hot water over and wash it for about 10 seconds.

Step 3: Place the clean mix into a teapot with cold water.

Step 4: Brew it for about 10 minutes.

Step 5: Strain and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

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