Even with most people all over the world going for Western-introduced style of medication, our native herbs still holds various benefits that cannot be found elsewhere. One of such herbs is the Lady’s Mantle. In this article, I share the overview and the medicinal benefits of Lady’s Mantle.
Lady’s Mantle, botanically known as Alchemilla Vulgaris, is a herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It mostly grows in forests, pastures and mountain regions between April and August. Though this herb is used to treat several health problems, it is commonly known as Lady’s herb’ because of its numerous benefits that target women.
All the outer parts of the plant are clothed with soft hairs. Its rootstock is stout, short and perennial black and rises from a thin erect stem. Its leaves are large, about 6-8 inches in diameter. Its stalk is slender measuring 6-18 inches long. Its flowers are small about 0.125 of an inch in diameter.
This herb is also known as Lion’s foot, Dewcup, Nine Hooks, Leontopodium, or Bear’s Foot.
Parts Used medicinally
All parts of this herd can be used when in flower and when its leaves are at their top, and dried. In most cases, the root is applied when fresh.
The key components in Lady’s Mantle include salicylic acid, tannins, volatile oil, phytosterols and bitter principle
Medicinal Action and Uses
Lady’s Mantle has stypic and astringent properties. This comes from the tannin that the herb contains. The herb can be used as a wound healer, a digestive aid, a menstrual regulator and as an anti-flammatory herb.
The uses and benefits of Lady’s Mantle are discussed below:
1. Used during menstruation
Lady’s Mantle contains tannins and astringents that regulate and reduce heavy menstrual flow, if taken in large volumes. In addition, the herb enhances blood flow to the uterus and pelvis thereby, stimulating menstrual flow; it has emmenagogue properties.
2. Skin care
Lady’s Mantle is used to treat skin problems such as rashes, acne, wounds and cuts. It is also used to treat stings and bites from bees, wasps, mosquitoes and other insects.
3. Can be used as a douche
In some cases, Alchemilla Vulgaris is prepared and utilized as a douche. This douche is used to clean vaginal discharge and treat irritation caused by vaginal infections such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.
4. Menopause benefits
When used during menopause, Lady’s Mantle relieves symptoms, for example, irregular menstruation; the herb contains salicylic acid that helps relieve the symptoms.
5. Aids in digestion
Alchemilla Vulgaris also aids in digestion. It is used as a therapy for digestive problems. It contains salicylic acid that helps in relieving cramps and stomach aches associated with indigestion.
Lady’s Mantle also improves appetite. Gargles and mouthwashes with this herb treat sore throat, mouth ulcers and laryngitis.
Alchemilla Vulgaris can be used in varying forms. It can be used as liquid extract, tea, and oil. However, pregnant women should not use this herb. It may lead to miscarriage or premature delivery. In addition, children should not use it.
Those with heart diseases and cancer should consult their physicians before using it.
Lady’s Mantle is mostly used in the form of tea. In the making of Lady’s Mantle tea, steep chopped leaves of Lady’s Mantle are boiled in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. The resulting solution is then taken for about twenty days as a conception aid.
To treat menstrual flow, take one ounce of dried leaves and boil in 1 pit of water to make tea. Then take it thrice a day until all symptoms disappear.
Suppositories used to treat itching and vaginal discharge can be made from mixing the tincture with cocoa butter.
Fresh leaves are used to heal wounds and staunch blood flow.
Lady’s Mantle is safe to almost everyone when taken orally. However, some researchers claim that it may lead to liver damage. However, not much information or scientific proofs have been provided on the side effects of this herb.
Researchers have also warned that people with blood problems, for instance, high blood pressure, thrombosis and anemia should not use this herb as it may worsen their conditions.
If you are scheduled for surgery, you should avoid taking this herb at least two weeks before surgery.
We cannot afford to ignore the wide medicinal benefits of Lady’s Mantle. The information presented above can help you to solve some health problems without going to your physician.