Motherwort is so-called because it is considered to be the “mother” of all worts, the Old English term for herbaceous plants with remedial qualities or that provide fermentation for beer-making. Also known as lion’s tail, lion’s ear and heartwort, motherwort has a long history of use as a tonic herb and, as one ancient writer has suggested, as protection against “wykked sperytis.” The presence of alkaloids in the plant that may act on the heart necessitates caution with using this herb internally unless under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner experienced in its use.
Motherwort Herb c/s, 1/4 lb
Motherwort is a member of the mint family that earned its common name because it was once a favorite herb among midwives.
The leaves of this herb is characterized by a very bitter flavor and a hairy texture, which likely explains why motherwort is also known as Lion's Ear and Lion's Tail.
This herb is often used in tea blends, but due to the presence of cardiac alkaloids, internal use is not recommended during pregnancy or in conjunction with pharmaceutical medications that act on the heart.