How to make a motherwort tincture and what benefits does it have


The motherwort was known as a medicinal plant in ancient Chinese medicine. In Central and Western Europe, it was widely used for this purpose since the Middle Ages and was often cultivated

Motherwort tincture can be made with wine or vodka, a simpler recipe is to use 2 glasses of white grape wine, pour it into an airtight jar with 1 glass dried motherwort. Set aside for 2 weeks, shaking occasionally once a day, next strain, pour into a dark glass bottle.

Motherwort tincture and herb
Motherwort tincture

Do you want to know more about motherwort? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a motherwort tincture by yourself.

Where to buy motherwort for tincture

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried motherwort on Amazon here – Motherwort Herb (Leonurus cardiaca) – Health Embassy – 100% Natural (100g)

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Motherwort tincture uses

Motherwort tincture can be used for:

  • heart conditions, including irregular heartbeat, fast heartbeat, and heart symptoms due to anxiety,
  • absence of menstrual periods, 
  • intestinal gas (flatulence), 
  • and over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism).

Motherwort tincture benefits

The motherwort has a mildly calming effect on the nervous system, has an antispasmodic effect in the digestive system and reproductive organs, lowers blood pressure, slows down the heart rate, increases the efficiency of the heart muscle, and causes menstruation.

The motherwort tincture is used in diseases of the nervous system, in nervous heart ailments, as an adjuvant also in hyperthyroidism, also in gastrointestinal disorders as a diastolic drug and in the early stages of hypertension and coronary disease. 

Motherwort herb is also used to treat uterine ailments and disorders of the menstrual cycle. It shows stimulating properties in the absence or delay of menstruation, especially in the case of the nervous system. In addition, it has a tonic effect and relieves emotional tensions in menopausal women.

Motherwort tincture dosage

Most sources suggest to use 1/2 -1 teaspoon of motherwort tincture three times a day. 

Motherwort tincture recipe

Another recipe for motherwort tincture requires using stronger alcohol like grain vodka instead of wine. 

Put 50 g of dried motherwort herb in an airtight jar and pour 2 glasses of 40% pure vodka. Mix the contents well, close the jar tightly and set aside for 3 weeks in a warm and dark place, shaking from time to time. After this time, squeeze the herbal mass and throw it away, filter the tincture through gauze or filter paper and pour it into a dark bottle, preferably with a cap. Store in a cool place.

Motherwort tincture contraindications and side effects

As all alcoholic tinctures motherwort should not be taken by children. According to webmd.com side effects include diarrhea, stomach irritation, and uterine bleeding.

Also taking motherwort by mouth during pregnancy is likely unsafe and should be avoided as motherwort can stimulate the uterus and might cause a miscarriage.

What type of alcohol is used for motherwort tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried motherwort, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of it.

How long does motherwort tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, motherwort tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of motherwort

If you would like to check more info about the motherwort here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: Agripalma, Agripaume, Agripaume Cardiaque, Cardiaire, Cardiaque, Cheneuse, Chinese Motherwort, Creneuse, Herba Leonuri, Herbe aux Tonneliers, Hjärtstilla, Leonuri Cardiacae Herba, Leonurus, Leonurus artemisia, Leonurus cardiaca, Leonurus cardica, Leonurus japonicus, Leonurus heterophyllus, Leonurus sibiricus, Lion’s Ear, Lion’s Tail, Mother’s Wort, Oreille de Lion, Patte de Sorcier, Pustyrnik Obyknovennyj, Queue de Lion, Qinghao, Qiancengta, Sanjiaohuma, Stachys artemisia, Throw-Wort, Tianzhima, Tougucao, Yema, Yi Mu Cao, Yimuhao.

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