Alchemilla vulgaris

Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla vulgaris

Part Used: The leaves and flowering shoots.

Constituents:

  • Tannins, consisting mainly of glycosides of ellagic acid.
  • Salicylic acid, a trace.

Actions: Astringent, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, vulnerary.

Indications: This and other species of Alchemilla have been widely used in folk medicine throughout Europe. Lady’s Mantle will help reduce pains associated with periods as well as ameliorating excessive bleeding. It also has a role to play in easing the changes of the menopause. As an emmenagogue it stimulates the proper menstrual flow if there is any resistance. However, in the often apparently paradoxical way of herbal remedies, Lady’s Mantle is a useful uterine astringent, used in both menorrhagia and metrorrhagia. Its astringency provides a role in the treatment of diarrhea and as a mouthwash for sores and ulcers and as a gargle for laryngitis.

Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. To help diarrhea and as a mouthwash or lotion, a stronger dosage is made by boiling the herb for a few minutes to extract all the tannin. Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.

David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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