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Motherwort Tincture: Benefits and Easy DIY Guide

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As a bioregional herbalist with a passion for natural wellness and using what grows locally, I’m lucky to have an abundance of motherwort growing wild on my property. 

This perennial herb, part of the mint family, has been a staple in my herbal practice for its incredible medicinal properties. Motherwort tincture, a potent extract made from the leaves and flowers of the plant, is one of my favorites. 

Cherished for centuries, this tincture is thought to support cardiovascular health, reduce feelings of stress, and soothe menstrual discomfort. 

In this article, I will share the many purported benefits of motherwort tincture, its practical uses, and a step-by-step guide to making your own at home. Whether you are new to herbal remedies or a seasoned herbalist, motherwort tincture is a valuable addition to any natural medicine cabinet.


Uses and Benefits of Motherwort Tincture

Motherwort tincture is a valuable addition to any herbalist’s collection due to its wide range of potential benefits. While traditional uses and anecdotal evidence support its efficacy, it’s essential to remember that individual experiences may vary. Here are some of the commonly recognized benefits and uses of motherwort tincture:

  1. Stress Relief: Motherwort tincture is often used to promote relaxation and reduce stress. It can be taken during times of emotional upheaval or nervous tension. To use, simply add a few drops of the tincture to a glass of water or tea, and sip slowly. Many people find that incorporating motherwort into their daily routine helps them manage everyday stress more effectively.
  2. Menstrual Support: For women, motherwort tincture can be a helpful ally during the menstrual cycle. It has traditionally been used to ease menstrual cramps and discomfort. To use for menstrual support, start taking motherwort tincture a few days before your period begins. 
  3. Digestive Aid: Some herbalists recommend motherwort tincture to support healthy digestion. It can be taken before or after meals to help with occasional digestive discomfort. 
  4. Heart Health: Motherwort has been traditionally used to support cardiovascular health. While it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before using motherwort for heart-related concerns, some people take a few drops of motherwort tincture daily as a part of their wellness regimen. 
  5. General Tonic: Incorporating motherwort tincture into your routine as a general tonic may contribute to overall well-being. Many herbalists suggest taking a small daily dose to maintain balance and support various bodily systems. 

When using motherwort tincture, it’s essential to start with a small dose and observe how your body responds. Everyone’s body is different, and what works for one person might not work for another. If you have any underlying health conditions or are taking other medications, consult with a healthcare professional before adding motherwort tincture to your routine. Do not use if pregnant. 

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Step-by-Step Guide to Making Motherwort Tincture

My personal favorite way to preserve motherwort is by making a tincture, because it allows me to keep that motherwort goodness all year round! Here’s how you can make your own motherwort tincture at home:

  1. Gather Fresh Motherwort: Start by harvesting fresh motherwort leaves and flowering tops. Make sure to choose healthy, vibrant plants. It’s best to harvest in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun is too intense.
  2. Prepare the Jar: Take a clean glass jar and stuff it about 3/4 of the way with the fresh, chopped-up motherwort leaves and flowering tops. Ensure the plant material is loosely packed to allow space for the alcohol to penetrate.
  3. Add Alcohol: Pour a high-proof alcohol, like vodka, over the motherwort until everything is completely covered and submerged. The alcohol acts as a solvent to extract the beneficial compounds from the plant. Make sure all the plant material is submerged to prevent mold growth.
  4. Mix and Seal: Give the jar a gentle shake to release any air bubbles trapped among the plant material. This helps ensure all parts of the herb are in contact with the alcohol. Seal the jar with an airtight lid.
  5. Let It Sit: Store the jar in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks. During this time, the alcohol will extract the powerful compounds from the motherwort. Shake the jar gently every few days to mix the contents and ensure thorough extraction.
  6. Strain the Tincture: After 6-8 weeks, the tincture is ready to be strained. Use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to separate the plant matter from the liquid. Press the plant material to extract as much liquid as possible.
  7. Transfer and Store: Transfer the deep reddish-brown liquid to a clean glass jar or dropper bottles for easy use. Label the containers with the contents and the date of preparation. Store the tincture in a cool, dark place to maintain its potency.
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I store herbs and tinctures in this cabinet in my studio

Tips for Storing and Using Motherwort Tincture

Now that you have your homemade motherwort tincture, here are some tips for storing and using it effectively:

Storing Motherwort Tincture

  1. Proper Containers: Store your tincture in dark glass bottles or jars. Amber or cobalt blue bottles are ideal because they protect the tincture from light, which can degrade its potency over time.
  2. Labeling: Always label your tincture bottles with the name of the herb, the type of alcohol used, and the date of preparation. This helps you keep track of when the tincture was made and ensures you’re using it within its optimal period.
  3. Storage Conditions: Keep your tincture in a cool, dark place, such as a cupboard or pantry. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures, as this can affect its shelf life and effectiveness.
  4. Shelf Life: Properly stored tinctures can last for several years. High-proof alcohol acts as a preservative, ensuring the tincture remains potent and safe to use for a long time.

Using Motherwort Tincture

  1. Methods of Consumption: Motherwort tincture can be taken directly under the tongue for quick absorption or diluted in water, tea, or juice. Some people prefer to add it to a warm beverage to mask the taste.
  2. Timing: Take motherwort tincture during times of stress, menstrual discomfort, or digestive issues. For general well-being, incorporate it into your daily routine at a time that suits you best.
  3. Combination with Other Herbs: Motherwort tincture can be combined with other herbal tinctures for a synergistic effect. For example, it pairs well with valerian root for relaxation or with chamomile for digestive support.
  4. Listening to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body responds to the tincture. Adjust the dosage as needed and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking other medications.


Motherwort tincture is a versatile and valuable addition to any natural wellness routine. As a bioregional herbalist, I find great joy in using what grows abundantly around me, and motherwort is no exception. Making your own tincture allows you to preserve the benefits of motherwort all year round, ensuring you have a potent herbal ally at your fingertips. Embrace the practice of making and using herbal tinctures, and enjoy the deep connection to nature and the sense of self-sufficiency that comes with it.


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