Lady's mantle is a successful diuretic. A tea prepared from this herb helps detoxify the liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas. It is advisable that people suffering from a lymphatic system disorder should drink this herbal tea every day.
It is used as a remedy in gravel, stone, cystitis or urinary disorders. Its diuretic properties help flush out the toxins from your body and along with them, the uric acid which the main cause of pain in gout and arthritis. Lady’s Bedstraw is extensively used in folk medicine for treating swollen ankles.
Lady’s Bedstraw is also associated with the treatment of many skin related conditions. The herb helps to solve complaints of slow healing wounds. When applied topically as a poultice on cuts, skin infections, ringworm, eczema, ulcers, scabies, boils, rashes, psoriasis, allergies, and slow-healing wounds, it sooths the skin and reduces inflammation, helping the skin to heal. It also helps in reducing bleeding.
In addition, this tea is also a wonderful face wash and helps to firm up the facial skin, as well as helping with acne and black heads.
Lady's bedstraw is helpful for various problems regarding the throat and the organs close to it. With this intention, you can use it as a tea or as a gargle. It helps with different cancers : skin , tongue and larynx. Thyroid issues , goiter and vocal cords inflammations also benefit from this herb.
Lady’s Bedstraw is botanically known as Galium verum, and the herb belongs to the Rubiaceae family. The genus name Galium is taken from the Greek language and it means milk, possibly referring to its use in curdling milk.
Among several herbs carrying the popular name bedstraw, Galium verum— or lady’s bedstraw — wields a coumarin scent that possesses the power to repel fleas. All of these plants were used to stuff mattresses, but the wealthy — the lords and ladies of Merry Olde England — apparently had the privilege of using the true natural insect repellent. Thus, the name “lady’s bedstraw.”
There is another legend associated with this plant’s moniker. In medieval times this botanical was referred to as Our Lady’s bedstraw as it was thought to have been part of the sweeter-smelling manger grasses upon which Mother Mary laid the infant Jesus. This common and attractive plant was also known as Frigg’s grass in Scandinavia, named after the goddess who watched over pregnant women who employed this versatile herb to ease childbirth.
Native to Europe and Asia, this herbaceous perennial grows between 2 to 4 feet high. Bright yellow flowers bearing a mild scent of honey appear in dense clusters between July and September. The root is used to make a stunning dye the color of red coral, while the flowers and flowering stems yield an attractive yellow food dye. In days long past, this herb was known as maid’s hair, as women placed it under their caps to turn their hair blonde.
Other common names – Yellow Bedstraw, Frigg’s Grass, Cheese Rennet, Curdwort, Yellow cleavers,Cheese Renning, Maid’s Hair etc.
Dosage: 20-30 drops, 3 times a day.
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