If you’re tired of the monthly struggle, let’s talk about one of the natural ways you can get rid of period cramps: lady’s mantle! Yes, it’s one of the top traditional uses of this herb, and it’s one of the reasons why a tea combining lady’s mantle, lemon balm and red raspberry leaf is referred to as “happy uterus tea.” Many herbalists love lady’s mantle for its ability to soothe the aches, cramps and pains of menstruation and even to make menstrual flow lighter. The herb works astringent on the uterus and is beneficial for heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding or uterine bleeding between normal menstrual periods.
There is generally a hormonal shift that occurs in women during menopause that can lead to hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia and other common symptoms. Many expert herbalists include lady’s mantle on their lists of recommended herbs for menopause since it is considered both a uterine astringent as well as a uterine tonic.
Used topically as an herbal douche, it can be used as a soothing treatment for various female gynecological disorders, such as vaginal inflammation and discharge.
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.
Many of the herb’s constituents, especially the tannins and the bitter substances, are thought to have a balancing and regulating effect on the female reproductive system.
Although the herb is not recommended for use during the early stages of pregnancy due to its uterine stimulating effect, many herbalists regard it as an excellent remedy for women approaching delivery.
One of the traditional uses of lady’s mantle is to make an herbal tea in order to strengthen the uterus, and to facilitate easier birth. In addition, the herb is also believed to enhance milk production after birth.
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 tincture 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.
Lady’s mantle herb is also great for treating skin infection, eczema, skin rashes, stings and bites. Just make a poultice of the herb and apply it on the affected part of your skin and let it work its magic.
Drinking Lady’s Mantle tincture 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.
An animal model study published in 2017 in the peer-reviewed journal Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy examined the extracts of the aerial and root parts of Alchemilla mollis. The researchers used diabetic mice subjects to evaluate whether or not the lady’s mantle extracts could lower blood sugar while also protecting the livers of these animals.
What did they find? While the extracts did not appear to lower blood sugar levels in the subjects, the liver effects were very positive. Both the aerial part and root extracts exhibited liver protective activity and “significantly lowered” liver enzymes
As an herbal gargle, it can be used as a remedy for bleeding gums, mouth ulcers (canker sores) and sore throat.
The powerful antioxidant activity of Lady’s Mantle tincture 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.
Lady’s mantle, a perennial plant, has been aiding women with menstruation, menopause, and weight loss for centuries. 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 belongs to the genus Alchemilla, which includes around 300 species of herbaceous perennials within the rose family (Rosaceae).
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.
Lady’s mantle is typically gathered in the summertime when it’s in bloom. The above-ground parts of the plant are then dried so they can be used later as herbal medicine often in the form of a tincture, extract or tea. Lady’s mantle naturally contains tannins, glycoside and salicylic acid.
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).
Preparation: Add two teaspoons of the dried herb in 2-3 dl of boiling water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Three cups a day is often recommended if it is intended as an herbal medicine. The longer you leave it to steep, the stronger the taste will be.
Precaution: This herbal remedy is typically not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women. However, some herbalists recommend taking lady’s mantle tea in the last few weeks of pregnancy to prepare the uterus for labor and prevent hemorrhage, but always check with your doctor before using any herbs during pregnancy.
There are no well-documented drug interactions or common lady’s mantle side effects.
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