Lady’s mantle, a perennial plant, has been aiding women with menstruation, menopause, and weight loss for quite some time. For centuries, women have consumed Lady’s mantle as a tea to prevent cramps and treat a sore throat. In Europe, it was traditionally used as a remedy for cough, flu, bleeding, inflammation, diarrhea, eczema, skin rashes, edema and menstruation problems. It has also been used as an herbal tea for high blood pressure and an infusion to treat diabetes.
Lady's mantle is a perennial herb with a short rhizome carrying ascending or sprawling stems, and a rosette of basal leaves with dentate lobes of a circular or kidney-shaped outline. The inflorescence is a compound terminal cyme made up of dense clusters of small yellow-green flowers. Sepals are seen in two rings of four without petals. The fruit is of the achene type. Overall, the plant is softly pubescent. It is found throughout Europe in meadows, woodland clearings, pastures and in the lowland areas of the British Isles. Currently, it is distributed in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Other Common Names: Dew-cup, our lady’s mantle, lion’s foot, bear’s foot, nine hooks, Frauenmantel (German), maríustakkur (Icelandic), almindelig løvefod (Danish), pied de leonis (French).
Put a teaspoon of hawthorn leaf and flower into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 15 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three times per day.
The powerful antioxidant activity of Lady’s Mantle keeps your looking and feeling healthy inside and out. Antioxidants fend off free radicals that cause cellular damage, helping to stave off signs of premature aging and disease. Various studies into the composition of lady’s mantle have found that the herb contains powerful antioxidant constituents. These antioxidant properties can help protect against oxidative stress responsible for various diseases including heart disease.
Quite possibly the hallmark benefit of Lady’s Mantle, this soothing herb helps to alleviate uncomfortable menstruation symptoms, such as cramps. Those suffering from heavy periods may find some relief by drinking Lady’s Mantle tea, as the tannins help to lighten the flow. Women who have to deal with the frustration of irregular and unpredictable periods will be pleased to know that one of the key benefits of Lady’s Mantle is its ability to regulate menstruation. If you suspect or know that you are pregnant, you should avoid drinking Lady’s Mantle tea as it promotes vaginal bleeding. This can get the ball rolling too early, encouraging a premature delivery or even trigger miscarriage.
The healing and soothing herbs found in Lady’s Mantle, such as salicylic acid help to alleviate pain associated with such conditions as endometriosis and fibroids. One study done in 2015 looked at the effects of Alchemilla Mollis on endometriosis in rats. The rats were treated with an oral dose of liquid lady’s mantle extracts. The researchers found that treatment with lady’s mantle significantly decreased cystic formation. They concluded that the aerial parts of the plant, in particular, could be useful for treating endometriosis. Next time you are experiencing pain with these conditions, try sipping on a soothing cup of Lady’s Mantle tea, which can be a wonderful addition to your pain management plan.
Lady’s Mantle has been associated with weight loss for centuries, however, there are very few studies confirming the results or even the safety of using this herb as a weight loss aid. When combined with olive tree leaf, cumin, and horsemint, this herbal combination supposedly burns excess fat while suppressing appetite.
Due to its antibacterial properties and salicylic acid content, Lady’s Mantle is great for treating various skin ailments. Salicylic acid is commonly used to treat and prevent acne, a popular agent in commercial acne-fighting products. It also has astringent properties owing to its tannin content to keep your skin looking healthy and tight. When applied topically, it can also be used as a natural exfoliant. Lady’s Mantle has also been known to help treat scrapes, cuts, burns, bug bites, and stings and may prove a useful sunscreen. Lady’s mantle helps to speed up the healing process as well as prevent infection. It has antimicrobial properties and has also been used to treat sores and ulcers.
Drinking Lady’s Mantle tea may help to improve digestion and ease stomach cramps due mostly in part to its salicylic acid content. Consuming Lady’s Mantle tea may also help to prevent indigestion, bloating and diarrhea.
A recent study published in 2017 demonstrated that water extracts taken from the root and aerial parts of the herb had liver protective activities on diabetic mice. The mice treated with lady’s finger did not exhibit any reduction in blood sugar levels but the researchers did find that the plant conferred significant hepatoprotective activities. The researchers concluded that the antioxidant effects of the plant were responsible for its effects. Notably the phenolic content including flavonoids with powerful antioxidant effects
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