Hi there, dear friends 😀
As I am now experiencing really distracting intense irregular heartbeats daily (for which my cardiologist said were benign and non-life threatening 🙄 ) and I have been been going through worse peri-menopausal symptoms this year … it is quite a daily struggle for me to get back to my “normal” life on the go like in previous years to take care of my family 😥 .
So, when Christine dropped by HERE at my blog earlier this week and told me that I could take motherwort in tincture form to help me through menopause and to calm my heart,and also to take hawthorn tincture to strengthen my heart,
I was so excited and happy that the Angels had sent her to help me get my life back! She said this herb is very commonly used in the Western Eclectic Tradition to treat symptoms of menopause, e.g. hot flashes, mood swings, heart flutters, and it can also strengthen smooth muscles like our womb and heart. Wow, what an amazing herb….but I have not heard of it here in Malaysia.
So, with great hope, I began a search in the Internet to find out at first – what is the Chinese name for motherwort ? Once I have that answer, then it would be easier for me to look for that herb here in Malaysia. 😉
Motherwort is known in Chinese (Mandarin) as “Yi Mu Cao” or 益母草 , or “Yik Moe Choe” meaning literally “Benefit Mother Grass” in the Cantonese dialect. The scientific name is Leonurus Cardiaca. 💡
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), motherwort is used mainly as one of the ingredients in a combination of herbs to invigorate blood in women’s gynaecological issues like irregular menses, PMS symptoms, infertility, menstrual cramps, irregular menstrual flows, and post-delivery recovery. It also aids in difficulty in urination and can treat edema (swelling caused by water retention).
Next, I started searching at my local pasar (market) to see if there are fresh motherwort available. Fresh herbs are best to be made in tinctures to ensure maximum potency and efficacy. However, no one has heard of fresh “Yi Mu Cao” plants, even my lady healer friend has not seen any growing in her area. But all those I had asked told me that I could easily get the dried form at any Chinese Medicine Shops. 💡
Yesterday, I finally bought a packet of dried motherwort (picture above) for Rm5-50 (USD1-70) only. Not only that, I also bought some fresher looking Dried Hawthorn. Whoo..hoooo! I’m so happy I finally got to “meet” motherwort” at last! 😆
I had picked out the fresher, more reddish slices of Hawthorn and made into a brandy tincture. I will post that shortly.
For the dried motherwort, I was very excited to see how it tasted like and I quickly made some motherwort tea for me and my daughter. I washed about 3 pinches of the dried herb and simmered it gently with water for about 15 minutes. As I was told that motherwort is bitter, I added a little brown sugar.
Feedback on drinking motherwort tea
My daughter and I felt very light and relaxed after drinking the tea. It was even better than drinking chamomile tea for calming down after a stressful day! 😆
For me, the effects of the tea went even further – it was 5pm when I drank the tea but within half an hour, my eyelids felt very heavy and I dozed off halfway while watching my exciting Korean dramas! I am not the type to take afternoon naps as I could never fall asleep easily in broad daylight, unless I was not feeling well! However, because I had to prepare dinner soon, I forced myself to wake up and because I couldn’t continue my sleep, I ended up with a tension headache which built up into a full-blown migraine a few hours later. 😦
I had to go to bed at 8pm after cooking dinner and after taking some painkillers. Wow, I slept like a log until 6am today.
As my whole family is home today due to our public holiday, I decided to make some motherwort tea again – I was going to use my family as guinea pig and see the effects of the herb on them! 😆
My husband, who is often stressed at work, remarked that the motherwort tea made him really relaxed and happy. My children also said the tea made them light and calm. Motherwort has calming qualities and is also the perfect herb to treat anxiety. Heheh, I even read somewhere that motherwort has a nickname “Little Marijuana” and some people would mix the dried herb with their tobacco and smoke for relaxation! 😆
This afternoon, I made a larger pot of motherwort tea and my husband happily drank another large cup of it! When I had half a cup of the tea at 7am this morning, I felt very sleepy again and almost went back upstairs to bed but I didn’t as I was halfway preparing the family’s brunch. When I had a full cup of motherwort tea around 3pm, I didn’t feel as sleepy but I kept yawning a lot. My eldest daughter felt so relaxed that she said she was feeling very lazy! Perfect for a lazy afternoon, which my family spent watching the Korean variety show, Running Man! 😆
At this stage, I still don’t feel like making a tincture out of the dried hawthorn yet as I need to “sleep on it” for a few days to see if I should proceed. Also, I need to go buy some Vodka as I don’t have any stocks of vodka at home.
Meanwhile, I will continue to make the motherwort tea daily until I can find some fresh motherwort to make into tinctures. Oh, I forgot to mention that my usual episode of an intensely rock-and-rolling heart while I was sleeping last night was not as bad as before. Tonight, I will see if my heart would act up again and if it does, I will just go to the kitchen and make myself a cup of motherwort tea and see how fast it can calm my heart down. 💡
You should try buying “Yi Mu Cao” from your local Chinese Medicine Shop to make into teas for your family to drink and see for yourself its wonderful calming effects. Not only do we feel good when we consume it as a tea, we know that it is also strengthening our womb (womb for ladies only) and heart as well. I am giving this tea regularly to my daughters to regularise their menses as well as treat their menstrual cramps. For my husband – heheh, he should be a happier these days, yes! 😆
Do have a wonderful weekend!
With best wishes,
P.S. I’m not sure if the Strath Artichoke Plus Drops that I got from my lady healer friend at RM120 to aid in digestion is some form of tincture? Each dose to take is about 20 drops in 10 ml of water daily.