Motherwort sounds like something dropped into the cauldron by the witches in Macbeth, ‘eye of newt, toe of frog..howlet’s wing..’ But this herb, whose Latin name is ‘lion heart’, is the perfect remedy for grief. Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett gave it to me when Laura was dying. She writes in her new book The Gift of Healing Herbs that motherwort invokes openness, acceptance and peace. It also induces calmness and eases anxiety. I take just one drop of Gaia Organic Motherwort Tops liquid herbal extract in water, or lick it off the back of my hand. It is intensely bitter, but within minutes I feel calm and centered and able to go on. I gave it to one of my friends last night and it calmed her jangled nerves instantly. Motherwort is also great for menopausal symptoms. For me, it cuts hot flashes in a second. According to Robin Rose Bennett, it also heals menstrual cramps, ovarian cysts, palpitations and over-active thyroid. Apparently, anywhere up to a teaspoon of liquid essence is OK (just put it in water!).