Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla vulgaris

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.

Family: Roseaceae

Which probiotic is it in?: Lady’s Mantle is a key herb in Women

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.

Nutritional constituents:

Indications:

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

Dosage:

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

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Acute diarrhoea, epidemic diarrhoea of infants.

Cautions for therapeutic doses

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