Benefits Of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) For Health

Benefits Of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) For Health

Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris)

Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) other names: Alchemilla xanthochlora, Alchémille, Alchémille Commune, Alchémille Jaunâtre, Bear's Foot, Alchémille Vert Jaune, Nine Hooks, Alquimila, Alquimilla, Feuilles d'Alchémille, Frauenmantel, Frauenmantelkraut, Leontopodium, Lion's Foot...

Lady’s-mantle grows in the Northern Hemisphere of North America, Greenland, and Europe to the Mediterranean and Iceland and Asia from the Caucasus and the Himalayas to Siberia. Lady's Mantle will grow in Zones 3 to 8 in sun or shade. At least partial shade is recommended in warm climates. Plants grow 18 inches tall from a stout rootstock “full of thready strings,” says Gerard. The leaves evergreen in mild climates, have seven to 11 shallowly toothed lobes and may be 6 inches across. The leaves that arise from the crown are each borne on a long, narrow stalk; smaller leaves sparsely clasp the flower stalk. A noticeable feature is the leaflike stipules, also toothed, which embrace the stem.

Benefits Of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) For Health
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) Herb Picture

The flowers, which are in bloom from June to August, are numerous and small, only about 1/8 inch in diameter, yellow-green in colour, in loose, divided clusters at the end of the freely-branching flower-stems, each on a short stalk, or pedicle. There are no petals, the calyx is four-cleft, with four conspicuous little bracteoles that have the appearance of outer and alternate segments of the calyx. There are four stamens, inserted on the mouth of the calyx, their filaments jointed.

Aside from the botanical name, and the allusions to alchemy, the plant also has a common name - lady's mantle given due to the plants very shapely and pleated leaves that look like a lady's cloak in medieval times. Perhaps the cloak was though suitable for the Virgin Mary and the original common name of the herb was - Our-Lady's-mantle in honor of Mary.

The potent astringent properties of the lady's mantle herb have been a subject of praise by many generations of folk healers in Europe. A herbal remedy made from the lady's mantle has been used in stopping both externally as well as internal bleeding - as well as excessive menstruation in women, Lady's Mantle has been used in the healing of all kinds of wounds, it is used to bring relief from vomiting and nauseous sensations, and the herb is also used combined with a whole host of other herbs and minerals used in homeopathy.

History of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris)

Botanical name of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) comes from the Arab word alkemelych (alchemy), and derived because of its healing reputation, as well as the dew that collected in each leaf which was a part of many mystic potions.

Lady's Mantle's powers were so reputedly so potent that the Christian Church named it "Our Lady s Mantle" and became known as "a woman s best friend," used to help many female ailments. One German herbalist went so far as to claim that with prolonged use, one-third of the gynecological operations would not be necessary.

Benefits Of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) For Health
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) Plower Picture

Despite its reputation as a female herb, Lady's Mantle was a popular wound herb on the battlefields of the 15th and 16th centuries, as stated by Nicholas Culpeper in 1653, among others.

An herbal from 1570 recommended two preparations. One was the powdered root mixed with red wine for internal and external wounds and an infusion of the aerial parts for greenstick fractures and broken bones in babies and young children.

Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) Nutritional Information

Lady's mantle is a rich source of tannins, flavonoids, salicylic acid and mineral salts. It has potent astringent properties and since centuries been used by European folk healers for many generations. Extracts from the herb have been used to stop both internal and external bleeding and have been used to heal wounds. Lady's Mantle is also effective in cases of excessive menstrual bleeding and cramps. Lady's Mantle is said to have a beneficial effect on hormonal levels and is recommended in cases of amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) and menopausal disorders. The high salicylic acid content is useful in treating inflammation and fevers.

Benefits Of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) For Health

The potent astringent properties of the lady’s mantle herb have been a subject of praise by many generations of folk healers in Europe. Lady’s mantle is used traditional mainly as a wound healer. The herb s astringency staunches blood flow and encourages the first stage of healing, while its aspirinlike compound eases the pain.

Early herbalists believed that the lady's mantle possessed very effective contractile powers. It was thought that these powers could help in restoring a woman's lost virginity and could restore firmness to a woman's breasts.

The ability of lady's mantle to heal wounds has been highly prized by herbalists for a long time. The herb has a potent astringent action that can staunch the flow of blood and allow the healing process to begin. Women who suffer from heavy bleeding during their menstrual cycle have greatly benefited from its astringent action and its ability to regularize their menstrual cycle. Herbal preparations made from its extracts are also prescribed by herbalists for the treatment of fibroids and endometriosis in women.

Decoctions made from lady's mantle can be used as a vaginal douche to wash off excess vaginal discharge. This also helps to reduce irritation in the vagina and ward of vaginal infections.

Female infertility is often caused by a woman’s inability to ovulate, or release, an egg. When a woman isn’t ovulating, the problem is usually an imbalance in her hormones. Lady's Mantle is an excellent hormone regulator. It adjusts the menstrual cycle, which is particularly important if you want to get pregnant.

Benefits Of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) For Health
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris)

The lady's mantle has also been used by herbalists to act as a liver decongestant and in the treatment of diarrhea and gastroenteritis.  The treatment of diarrhea and gastroenteritis is hastened by the astringent properties of the herb.

This herb was in fact traditionally used as a remedy to induce sleepiness in patients. Disorders such as diarrhea and gastroenteritis are easily dealt with by the strong astringent action of the herb, the herb is also rich in salicylic acid and this induces a rapid reduction in the inflammation affecting the digestive system as well as the reproductive system of patients.

The herbal lady's mantle decoction can also function as an excellent skin lotion for the treatment of rashes in diseases such as eczema, Lady's Mantle can be used to heal cuts and wounds, as well as external sores and insect bites of all kinds. The herbal decoction can also be used as a mouthwash and gargle in cases of bleeding gums, to treat mouth ulcers and to minimize the symptoms of sore throats in patients.

So far, Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) seems to be safe for most people when taken by mouth. Although some German researchers warn about possible liver damage, other experts consider the concern to be exaggerated.