Lady's Mantle - Best Herb for Many Health Problems
Alchemi/la vulgaris Rosaceae Also called Alchemilla
This perennial plant occurs throughout Europe and is easily recognised by its large,fan-shaped leaves made up rf 8-10 serrated lobes. Its Latin name Alchemilla means alchemy, and stems from the medieval alchemists' fascination with the plant. They collected the dew from the slightly concave leaves, calling it 'heavenly water' and believed it to have magical powers. Lady's mantle bears clusters rf little green flowers and its yellow, rounded fruit contains one seed.
Lady's mantle contains large amounts of tannins (6 to 8 per cent). It also contains flavonoids (2 per cent) and some salicylic acid.
Due to its tannin content, lady's mantle has astringent and coagulant properties, and is therefore able to tighten the tissues and stop bleeding. Traditionally it has been used in a compress for placing over wounds to speed healing.
Taken internally lady's mantle is a valuable herb for treating irregular or excessive menstrual bleeding.A strong infusion taken frequently also treats mild diarrhoea.
A 1986 French study showed that lady's mantle inhibits the breakdown of the skin's elastic and connective tissues, supporting its use to treat stretch marks and ageing skin.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT menstrual disorders JNFUSJDN Jnfuse 1-2g of dried
INFUSION Infuse 5-1 Og of dried plant in 1 litre of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain. Drink 2-3 cups a day. TINCTURE (1:4 in 25% alcohol) Put 20 drops of tincture in a little cold water. Take three times a day.
For external use
TO TREAT cellulitis, stretch marks, gingivitis
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
Sow seeds in moist, welldrained soil in a sunny or slightly shady position in early spring.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid lady's mantle.
Seek medical advice if also taking aspirin or anticoagulant medication.
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