Wednesday, September 22, 2010
SEPTEMBER 22 2010 MOTHER(WORT) TOUCH
Life is about making the right decisions and moving on. ~
~ Quietly forgiving and moving on is a gift to God ~ and yourself. ~
When you make the right decision to move on it is so much easier. It feels as if a burden was lifted. What I thought was fun or rather the 'right thing to do' is no longer. Recently, in order to move on from a loving , caring project after five years I have to quietly forgive. I have to realize that everyone does not care like I do. We all have different reasons for doing projects, especially volunteering. Is it self serving? Do we need to be loved and wanted? Is it for the passion of the project? Again, here come those expectations. When you expect you get disappointment. I have to also realize that when working with people--some may not be sober. Not only sober from their addiction or drug, but sober in every other aspects of life. Then, there are those who are sober in their addiction/drug and never really changed their behaviors. I must realize that everyone has their diseases of the mind. In order to forgive, look at those faces--wish them well, pray for them and move on.
Moving on is is truly a gift from GOD -- a gift to yourself. When was the last time GOD sent you a gift? When was the last time you had a real date with yourself?
The hardest time for me was moving on after my mom passed. It is more than 25 years, but never forgotten. As I get older, it is hard to have a mental picture of the past. Today is not a special day, nor her birthday month, but I dreamed of her last night for some reason.
There's a magic in a Mother's touch
And sunshine in her smile
There's love in everything she does
To make our lives worthwhile.
We can find hope and courage
Just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter is a source of joy
Her words are warm and wise.
There is kindness and compassion
To be found in her embrace
And I see the light of heaven
Shining from my Mother's face.
The mind... Anxiety, Depression, Paranoid, Borderline Personality Disorders...
The nervines or adaptogens that assist anxiety/stress have already been discussed. None of those herbs can make up for lack of sleep, poor diet and a host of other issues. It is said that Americans are overstuffed yet undernourished. That does make sense with all the fast food Americans consume. Nervines like passionflower, lemon balm, and hawthorne can help. Others that can help are linden flower, skullcap, motherwort and milky oats which have not been discussed in this blog yet. I also discussed another nervine, chamomille. It was discussed for gastrointestinal calming. Yet most people use and know chamomille for anxiety and sleeplessness. I cannot express the important of sleep. When sleep deprived our adrenal glands which sit on the top of the kidneys get disregulated, tired and fatigued.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ) is an herb I commonly use for extra heart beats, or palpitations. I usually combine this with hawthorne, night blooming cactus and scotch broom when used to slow down fast heart rates, as in atrial fibrillation. When I use it as a nervine I combine it with vervain (Verbena hastata ). Other sources on motherwort say it is often used for women with premenstrual syndrome or menopausal irritability. I have seen other herbalists add lavender to it. Lately I have been using motherwort for those with "white coat hypertension or "doctor anxiety".
Motherwort is a herbaceous perennial plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Spearmint, lemon balm and other mints are in this family. Other common names include Throw-wort, Lion's Ear, and Lion's Tail. Originally from Central Asia it is now found worldwide, spread largely due to its use as a herbal remedy.
As all mints, L. cardiaca has a square stem and opposite leaves. The leaves have serrated margins and are palmately lobed with long petioles; basal leaves are wedge shaped with three points while the upper leaves are more latticed. Flowers appear in leaf axils on the upper part of the plant and it blooms from June - August. The flowers are small, pink to lilac in color and often with furry lower lips. In Ithaca I have seen it growing along roadsides.
The herb contains the alkaloid leonurine, which is a mild vasodilator and has a relaxing effect on smooth muscles. For this reason, it has long been used as a cardiac tonic, nervine, and an emmenagogue. It also contains a bitter glycosides. Remember foxglove (digitalis) is a cardiac glycoside.
I use it for atrial fibrillation, which is an arrhythmia, and it is also useful for palpitations due to Overactive thyroid.
Until tomorrow... Skullcap