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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

LADY'S MANTLE


Latin Name: Alchemilla vulgaris

Alternate Names: Dewcup, Our Lady's Mantle, Lion's Foot, Bear's Foot

Family: ROSACEAE

Parts Used: Leaves, flowering shoots.

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Astringent, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Hemostatic, Liver Decongestant, Styptic, Vulnerary, Tonic.

Internal Uses: Diarrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Hemorrhage, Menorrhagia, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Rheumatism

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.

Lady's Mantle aids blood coagulation and promotes tissue healing. It reduces inflammation and clears heat.

Topical Uses: Acne, Conjunctivitis, Freckles, Laryngitis, Leukorrhea, Mouth Sores, Skin Dryness, Vaginal Discharge, Vaginitis, Wounds

Topical Applications: Poultice for wounds. Bolus for vaginal discharge, douche for vaginal infection and leukorrhea. Enema. Eyewash for conjunctivitis, mouthwash for sores and following tooth extraction. Gargle for laryngitis. Juice and facial steam for acne. Lotion to soften rough skin and to lighten freckles and birthmarks.

Culinary uses: Young leaves are added to salads.

Energetics: Bitter, Cool, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Tannin (ellagic acid), salicylic acid, saponins, phytosterols, essential oil, bitter principle.

Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy, except that it can be taken 10 days before expected birth in order to prevent excessive bleeding.

Comments: The genus name, Alchemilla, is from the Arabic, alkemelych, meaning 'alchemy', as alchemists believed that the crystal dewdrops of this plant held magical powers to help them. The common name, Lady's Mantle, refers to a woman's cloak, presumably the Virgin Mary's. This herb was used to staunch bleeding on the battlefields of the 15th and 16th centuries. At one time, the astringent effects of this plant were marketed as a virginity restorative.

The common name Lady's Mantle also includes the species Alchemilla occidentalis and Alchemilla mollis, which are used interchangeably with Alchemilla vulgaris.

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