Leonurus sibiricus, Siberian motherwort, Marahuanilla, Yi Mu Cao.
Family: Lamiaceae -- menthes, mints.
Nature : Slightly cold; bitter and pungent.
This quite popular herb in the mint family is a native of East Asia and
is especially common in China, Tibet, and Siberia.
In ancient China and South-East Asia, motherwort was reputed to
promote longevity and widely known for various matters.
Extracts and purifeid compounds from the Leonurus sibiricus show
intersting pharmacological activities.
Traditional uses: Most species of Leonurus have some traditional use as
calming or sedating tea herb. Tea: by adding 1-2 teaspoons (5-8 gram)
to 2 cupfuls (300 ml) of boiling water and allowing it to steep for 10-15
minutes. In Brasil and Mexico (Chiapas region) its commonly known as
a substitute for Cannabis sativa where they call it : "marahuanilla" or
the "little marijuana."
Chemical Constituents: Alkaloids: leonurinine, leonuridien, leonurinine,
stachydrine . Fixed oil (ca.40%): oleic acid (64%), linoleic acid (21%),
lauric acid. Sterols. Stachose. 4-guanidino-1-butanol. 4- guanidino-
butyric acid. Nitroleonurine monohydrate, caffeic acid.
Warning: Not suitable for pregnant/ breastfeeding woman and children.
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