Daily Dose of Lady’s Mantle: 5-10g
Lady’s Mantle, or Alchemilla vulgaris, is an herb that grows in mountains, forests, and pastures. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used in medicine. One of the most common uses for Lady’s Mantle is to treat digestive problems like diarrhea. It is also believed to be very beneficial for women, and herbalists prescribe it to treat painful and heavy menstrual periods as well as symptoms of menopause. It has an effective astringent process that can stop the flow of blood to allow the healing process to begin. This factor is very helpful in treating heavy bleeding during menstrual periods and controlling the menstrual cycle. Lady’s mantle can also be used topically to stop bleeding and improve wound healing, treat ulcers, eczema, insect bites, and skin rashes. Other uses for this herb include treating inflammation, water retention, and muscle spasms. It works because Lady’s Mantle is rich in tannins, flavonoids, salicylic acid, and mineral salts, which are its active ingredients. Although it may sound promising, research and information proving its efficacy for any of its health benefits are still insufficient and in the early stages. It is not advisable to use Lady’s Mantle unless under the supervision of a professional.
Lady’s mantle is available in different forms such as infusion, tincture, and ointment. Tea can be made by steeping 1-4g of the herb in boiling water for 10minutes and it can be taken up to 3 times a day between meals. A diluted infusion can also be used as mouthwash to treat sore throats. So far, lady’s mantle has been considered generally safe when taken orally but very little information is available about the safety of applying it to the skin. There is no information about it interacting with other drug. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take this herb.
- Duckstein SM1, Lotter EM, Meyer U, Lindequist U, Stintzing FC. Phenolic constituents from Alchemilla vulgaris L. and Alchemilla mollis (Buser) Rothm. at different dates of harvest. Z Naturforsch C. 2013 Jan-Feb;68(1-2):529-40. PMID: 23687690.