A strong smelling herbaceous perennial plant with purple stems, pinky-mauve to white flowers with purple spotted lips. Motherwort maybe harmful to some people.
Flowering tops are used to flavour beer and stout. Good for tinctures and teas. Partners well in tea with chamomile, borage and skull cap.
The Cherokees used the herb as a sedative for nervous afflictions. Used to ease stomach gas and cramping, menopausal problems and insomnia. For a healthy stimulating infusion use 1 – 2 teaspoons of Motherwort in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Add Stevia, honey and lemon to sweeten. Warning – Do not give to young children or consume during preganacy.
Prefers well drained, moist soil in full sun or part shade.
Apply regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed to keep the plant healthy and producing well. Harvest flowers when in full bloom.
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