Lady’s Mantle is thought to be especially potent by generations of folk healers, particularly due to the herb’s astringent properties.
Officially called alchemilla vulgaris, the Lady’s Mantle is a perennial herb found in North America, Europe, and Asia. Lady’s Mantle got its name from its shapely and pleated leaves that resemble the kind of cloak worn by ladies during the Medieval era. Over the years, the “lady” has come to refer to the Virgin Mary. Due its often dainty appearance, the Lady’s Mantle is used as a garden plant in many parts of Europe.
The main constituents of the above-ground parts of Lady’s Mantle are tannins and various flavonoids, such as quercetin. Its tannin content is what imparts to the herb its astringent properties.
To make lady’s mantle tea, infuse about 3 grams of dried stems, leaves and flowers of the herb in about 5 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain the mix and drink.
For topical application, let the mix cool down, then combine with an ointment base and some rosewater, and then apply to the affected parts of the skin.
The following are the health benefits attributed to this herbal:
- Said to help in stopping excessive menstruation and menstrual cramps.
- May help alleviate discomfort due to menopause.
- When applied topically in ointment form, its believed to be helpful in healing wounds, cuts, scrapes, burns, eczema, sores, insect bites and other skin conditions.
- May help in relieving nausea.
- May help in the treatment of diarrhea and gastroenteritis.
- May help relieve mouth ulcers and bleeding gums.