Ingredient Spotlight

Motherwort / Yi Mu Cao

Why We love it

Used for thousands of years in China, Motherwort relieves menstrual pain by enhancing blood flow to the uterus and regulating stress hormones.

Helps with:

  • Cramps

  • Sleep

  • Stress

  • Mood Swings

How it heals

In Chinese Medicine, Motherwort invigorates the blood and dispels stasis. It also promotes urination, reduces toxic swelling, and regulates heavy or irregular menstruation. 

In Western medicine, Motherwort is a uterine stimulant that reduces blood clotting and allows blood to move more freely throughout the body. 

Fun Fact:  Since the beginning of time, motherwort has been employed by nearly all ancient cultures and folk medicines to reduce anxiety during childbirth and decrease cycle-related symptoms. 

How we use it

“I love to make dried motherwort tea for its calming properties around my cycle. It also plays nicely with passionflower and lemon balm for a nightly sleep aid.”

- Lulu Ge, co-founder

What the research says

Motherwort has been shown to have at least 140 bioactive compounds which have marked bioactivities especially on the uterus and heart.
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Motherwort increase serum progesterone level which aids in relaxing uterus spasms.
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Motherwort contains leoneurine, an alkaloid, which inhibits calcium influx to reduce uterus spasms.
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In a multi-center study, it was shown that motherwort can be combined with oxytocin to prevent postpartum hemorrhage after cesarean section.
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