Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a widespread non-native biennial from Asia that has invaded edges of our woods and areas of disturbed soil. We may feel bitter towards this plant, but it has its own bitterness in the form of edible leaves and flowers that have been used medicinally for centuries. The plant's species name, cardiaca, means "heart"; this plant is acknowledged to have properties that benefit the human heart. Fresh or dried flowers can be used as flavoring in soups, and leaves can be a good addition to relaxant teas with other aromatic herbs. Motherwort is also noted for balancing female hormones and regulating menstrual cycles, leading to it's common name 'Motherwort'. A few more benefits to note include anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties. Disclaimer: We suggest consulting a doctor before using any foraged plants medicinally.