The Herb for Fried and Frazzled Mothers
Leonarus Cardiaca or “Motherwort” is one of my favorite gentle herbs to calm frazzled mothers.
There is no coincidence in my mind that “motherwort” rhymes with “worrywart”.
This herb may as well have been hand-designed for worried stressed mothers.
If your heart skips a beat every time you hear one of your children scream loudly “MOM!!!!!” then you may just want to read on.
Motherwort is typically a “nervine” or relaxant herb that is recommended for those with the kind of anxiety that results in occasional heart palpitations. If you are suffering from disturbed sleep as a result of emotional or physical upsets this herb might just be right for you. Motherwort serves to strengthen the heart, and is also used for PMS and menopause. This herbal medicine can additionally be used as a preventative agent for herpes zoster (shingles and chicken pox) as well as herpes simplex (traditional “herpes”).
Contraindications: This herb should NOT be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and may be toxic in large doses, or with chronic use. Always talk with your naturopathic physician, or MD before starting any new herbal medicines.
Perhaps life does not grant you the relaxation time that you deserve as a mother, but you can still find a bit of calm amongst the stressful storm by using an herbal medicine such as motherwort to help reduce stress and your reaction to it.
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~Dr. Nicole Sundene