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Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla xanthochlora syn. Alchemilla vulgaris)


Lady's mantle

Effect:

diuretic, stomachic, wound healing, constipating, anti-inflammatory, blood purifying, milk-promoting, menstruation regulating, strong astringent, redness-reducing, antispasmodic


Areas of application:

Strengthens the uterus, helps with all women's ailments, painful menstruation, ulcers, pelvic inflammation, leucorrhea, obesity, anemia, fever, diarrhea, suppuration, thins the blood and cleanses it, varicose veins, strengthens ligaments and tissue, with disturbed vaginal flora due to fungal infections, tendency to miscarriages, ovarian inflammation, menopausal symptoms, after birth it stimulates milk production, uterine prolapse, impure skin, with stab wounds, puncture wounds and cuts, toothache, skin redness, sore throat, cough


Plant parts used:

Leaves and flowering herb


Collection time:

Spring to autumn


To find:

Frequently found in fat meadows and pastures, on stream banks and ditches.


Ingredients:

Tannins, essential oil, bitter substances, salicylic acid, resin, lecithin, oil, phytosterols, saponins, flavonoids, glycosides


Other:

☕ Tea: 1 tablespoon of herb is poured with 1/4 liter of boiling water and steeped for 10 minutes or served cold and heated until boiling. You drink up to 3 cups a day.


Lady's mantle is a perennial plant and can grow to a height of 10 to 60 cm. It is a semi-rosette plant and has a rhizome as a root. The main axis of the stem can grow to be 3 to 15 mm thick. The primary leaves have five lobes. The basal leaf blades are kidney-shaped or, more rarely, circular. They are horizontal to slightly funnel-shaped, slightly wrinkled to flat and rarely wavy. Their upper side is grass-green and shiny and the underside is light grey-green. There are usually 15 to 29, rarely 13 or 14 teeth. The lobes are untoothed at the base. Hairs are present on the upper side of the leaf on the edge and in the folds, and in rare cases only on the teeth. The first leaves are sometimes bare, but in summer the leaves can often be hairy all over. The stipules are long, fresh, green-tipped and have 4 to 10 teeth. The auricles are free. The leaf stalks are fairly densely covered with stiff, horizontally protruding hairs. The stem is short, ascending to upright. The largest stem leaves have 7 to 9 lobes. The lobes of the uppermost ones are usually long and narrow, with 6 to 10 teeth. The inflorescence is very loose and sparse on large plants. The flowers are green to yellow-green and the calyx cups are usually bare, some may have sparse hairs. When ripe, they are spherical to short bell-shaped, the same width at the top and usually rounded at the bottom. The sepals are triangular to semi-ovate, pointed and only very rarely slightly hairy. Finally, they are upright-spreading to upright. The outer sepals are more spreading and lanceolate to ovate. Flowering time is from May to August, sometimes even until October. (partly Wikipedia)


Lady's mantle was sacred to Germanic women and dedicated to the goddess Freya. In Christian times, the herb became the plant of the Virgin Mary and became a symbol for all those seeking protection. The plant collected on St. Mary's Day is particularly medicinal.


The herb is the right herb for a cure in the last period of pregnancy. This should begin around 3 to 4 weeks before the birth, so that the pelvic organs are gently strengthened and prepared for the birth. After the baby is here, continue drinking the extract, so any small cracks and injuries have a chance to heal better.


The flower can be used to dye wool yellow. If iron sulfate is added during the dyeing process, a green color can be achieved.


Alchemists attributed magical powers to the secreted water droplets (guttation drops).


In the kitchen, the flowers can be used as edible decoration and the young leaves enrich vegetable dishes raw or cooked.

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