Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca L.

Motherwort is a two-year-old herbaceous plant of the Labiatae family. The root system is highly developed. The stem is high up to 1.5 m, four-spindle, hollow slightly mossy. The leaves are opposite with handles, almost half, top dark green, below pale green, flowers are small, petite, located vertigo several in the bosom of the upper leaves. The fruit is dry. Blooms in the second half of summer.

It is commonplace here in the grassy and turbulent places, along the fences and the roads.

The herb (Herba Leonuri cardiacae) is used on the devil's mouth.

Picking up in July-August, cutting off the topped parts of the plant during flowering, no longer than 40 cm and not thicker than 5 mm. The smell is weak, unpleasant, and taste bitter.

Motherwort is used in medicine as an anticonvulsant and sedative agent in neurosis, under the supervision of a physician. Outside of folk medicine, fresh leaves are used for burning.

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