Alchemilla vulgaris, also known as Lady’s mantle, is a herb which grows from April to August. The herb can reach 10-40 cm. and has long leaves with serrated edges. The leaves are yellowish-green in color, and have been a part of many folk remedies in the past. The root of the plant has no medicinal value.
The leaves on the other hand have a rich nutritional profile which includes vitamin C, salicylic acid, phytosterols, lecithin, saponins, resin, flavonoids and tannins. The leaves are collected in spring and can be used against various diseases, although their main use is against female problems.
Medicinal benefits of Lady’s mantle
The Lady’s mantle leaves can be used against ovarian cysts, vaginal discharge, menstrual disorders, stomachache, HPV, candidiasis, vaginal inflammation, uterine prolapse and other similar problems. The herb can also prevent spontaneous abortion, infertility and can promote proper delivery.
Additionally, the leaves of the herb can treat diarrhea, oral problems, pharynx inflammation, inflammatory diseases, diabetes, obesity, anemia and minor cuts and wounds. It’s best to use the leaves in the form of tea, although you can use it in the form of cream and extract as well.
Lady’s mantle tea
Boil 200 ml. of water and add 2 tablespoons of lady’s mantle leaves, then leave the mixture to steep for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups of the tea per day in small sips – if you’re suffering from heavy menstrual cycle, make the tea stronger.
Women at an increased risk of miscarriage should drink 4-6 cups of the tea per day. The tea can also help in cases of white vaginal discharge, and can be used in combination with chamomile, sage, yarrow or marigold tea. Although pretty much safe for everyone, pregnant and breastfeeding women are not recommended to drink it. Patients suffering from liver or gallbladder problems should also stay away from it as the tea can worsen the symptoms.
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