Other names: Throw-wort, Lion's ear, Lion's tail

European motherwort (naturalized throughout U.S.) and its Chinese counterpart are valued for their sedative, antispasmodic, emmenagogic, cardiotonic, hypotensive, and astringent properties. Tea is used for postpartum depression and for its uterotonic effects after childbirth. Used all over the world for menstrual disorders. Said to be sedative; used for insomnia, neuralgia, sciatica, spasms, fevers, and stomachaches. Interestingly, well-hailed for a ward against “wicked spirits”.


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