Ladys mantle: botanical image of the ladys mantle plant

Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla vulgaris

Family: Roseaceae

Bio-Live: Lady’s Mantle is a key herb in Bio-Live Women.

Description: This sophisticated plant is only 30cm (1ft ) in height, and is green throughout its leaves, stem and flowers. The whole plant is clothed in soft hairs. The flowers bloom from June to August.

Habit and cultivation: Essentially a plant of the Northern Hemisphere, Arctic circle, Scottish Highlands and mountainous ranges up to 3,600ft. Also found in moist pastures and by streams and rivers in the Yorkshire Dales. The whole herb (above ground parts) is harvested in June and July.

Actions (known for): Astringent, demulcent (urinary), anti-haemorrhagic (systemic), anti-lithic, anti-pyretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, menstrual cycle regulator, oestrogenic, uterine tonic.

History: Like many flowers during the Middle Ages, Lady’s Mantle was associated with the Virgin Mary. It first appeared in the publication History of Plants 1532 by Jerome Bock (botanist).

Parts used: Leaves and flowering shoots.

Constituents (bio available chemicals): Tannins, mainly glycosides of ellagic acid. Salicylic acid.

Indications: Intestinal colic, diarrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, incontinence, menopause (menorrhagia), menopausal symptoms. Mouth wash for sores and ulcers and a gargle for laryngitis.

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia: Acute diarrhoea, epidemic diarrhoea of infants.

Dosage: Liquid extract(1:2): 30-50ml per week.

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