Alchemilla’s anti-inflammatory and toning properties made it an ideal herb to use externally for wounds, sores and ulcers, and as a gargle for laryngitis.
The herb seems to work well in skin creams for rashes, eczema, acne and insect bites & may also help to soften dry and rough skin.
Drinking this antioxidant-rich herbal infusion is a great way to keep your antioxidant levels up and also it has traditionally been used to promote weight loss and to reduce inflammation and gastrointestinal pain.
Alchemilla is bitter and astringent, like other salicylic acid producing plants Plantago.m & Rutas.g
It was found to have particular affinity for the healing of torn membranes.
Plant Parts Used:
The whole above-ground parts of the plant are used in herbal medicine. The herb is gathered during the summer months when the it is in bloom and then dried for later use in tinctures and extracts.
Active Ingredient and Substances
The plant is rich in tannins, salicylic acid, essential oil, bitter substances and phytosterols, vitamin C and numerous minerals.
One of the traditional uses of lady’s mantle is to make an herbal tea in order to strengthen the uterus, and to facilitate easier birth. In addition, the herb is also believed to enhance the formation of milk production after birth.
Used topically as an herbal douche, it can be used as a soothing treatment for various female gynecological disorders, such as vaginal inflammation and discharge.
Dosage and Administration
As a herbal tea:
To make a stronger tea the herb can be boiled for few minutes to release as much of the tannis as possible.
As a tincture:
The usual recommended dose is 1-2 ml three times a day.
A Bulgarian study published in the November 2006 issue of The Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that an infusion made by steeping dried lady's mantle leaves in hot water had the strongest antioxidant activity among the tested herbal infusions, as determined by the ABTS method. This study assessed the antioxidant activity of infusions of 23 medicinal plants, including pot marigold flowers, barberries, leaves of wild celery, tarragon, bilberries, spearmint and basil.
Pub-med research indicates Anti-influenza activity of Alchemilla mollis extract:
A. mollis extract has virucidal or neutralizing activity against influenza virus particles.