As you know from this blog I am mad about herbs! They can’t do everything or help in every case, but they can be very useful for many conditions. One such issue, which is not generally talked about is excessive flow during menstruation. For many this is a normal part of their cycle, but for others heavy bleeding may occur in the peri-menopausal time.
Of course, there are many herbs that can help with peri-menopause and it is better to get a balanced formula suited to you. But today, I wanted to say a little bit about Lady’s mantle (partly because it has just begun to grow again in my garden post its Winter hibernation!).
Alchemists valued the dew on the leaves
The latin name for Lady’s mantle is Alchemilla vulgaris because it was used by alchemists in former times. Its leaves look like a mantle and the dew collects on top of them in little balls or jewels. This dew is collected by many who believe that it has a special healing quality. For best effect this would need to be collected first thing in the morning!
A herb for all aspects of female fertility
Traditionally, Lady’s mantle was associated with the Virgin Mary and it was thought it represented her cloak. However, today it is used as a very useful female herb for many stages of the female life including menstruation, fertility, childbirth and menopause.
The herb is astringent and has a high concentration of tannins. It is these tannins and its astringency that helps reduce heavy menstrual flow or bleeding in childbirth. It can help with painful periods and conditions such as endometriosis. It promotes fertility, helps to avoid miscarriages and regulates hormones.
Diarrhea, mouth ulcers, laryngitis
Other uses for Lady’s Mantle include loss of appetite, rheumatism and stomach problems. Being astringent and containing tannins it is also good for diarrhea, mouth ulcers and laryngitis.
Finally it is a good anti-inflammatory, so useful in inflammatory conditions such as gastritis, colitis and gastroenteritis.
Lady’s mantle is very easy to grow, so why not plant some and harvest its little dewy droplets! Alternatively come and have a discussion with us about your overall hormonal health – firstname.lastname@example.org.