Plants and Health

Lady's mantle: a decongestant plant


Anti-oxidants, decongestants and luteinics, Lady's mantle leaves are brimming with therapeutic virtues.

Plant of the Rosaceae family, thelady's mantle is also called “lion's foot”, “mantle of Notre-Dame”, “dew door” or even “plant of the alchemists”.

From its scientific name "Alchemilla », We recognize it by its green stem with reddish hues, and its circular leaves with serrated shapes. Downy, they each have seven to eleven lobes.

Aléchémille, for the record

The origin of the name "lady's mantle" dates back several centuries and comes from the alchemists who used the dew from its leaves to prepare the Philosopher's Stone. It was thus considered as heavenly water.

Although the lady's mantle was discoveryat Middle Ages, it was at the beginning of the 20th century that his decongestant effectshave been proven by Johann Künzle, a Swiss priest and herbalist. She was known to appease premenstrual painand facilitate preparation for childbirth.

Over time, therapists have revealed the astringent virtues, healingof this plant. Thanks to its action similar to progesterone, lady's mantle is aluteinic. It is also a anti-hemorrhagic, a healing agent, an anti-oxidant, and an anti-diarrheal agent.

Lady's mantle: properties and health benefits

What are the properties of lady's mantle? What are his benefitsabout health ? How to use it to get the most out of your benefits? Are there any contraindications ?

We find the flavonoidsin the lady's mantle. This medicinal property present in its leaves, helps fight against heavy legs by promoting blood circulation. It is also a very effective anti-oxidant.

It also containssalicylic acid, phytosterols, saponins, and palmitic and stearic acids.

Lady's mantle is a plant astringent and calming. We also know properties:

  • anti-spasmodic: therapists recommend it to treat gastrointestinal disturbances, and gynecological: painful and irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome.
  • anti-diarrhea: in the case of mild diarrhea,this medicinal plant is recommended, even for pregnant women.
  • Decongestant: its effectiveness is assessed in local application during heaviness in the legs.
  • Healing thanks to its content gallic tannins: it stops hemorrhages, helps healing of wounds and skin ulcers.

Lady's mantle is also used in the preparation of medicines against White discharge. His Essential oilis present in the products oforal hygiene, in particular to treat canker soresand the stomatitis.

Use and practical advice

The consumption of lady's mantle is particularly intended for women, and it is mainly done by infusionor in decoction.

  • To soothe painful periods or stop mild diarrhea in pregnant women, prepare an infusion by pouring 2 to 4 g of previously dried leaves in 200 ml of water. Leave to infuse. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
  • Alchemilla decoctions relieve gynecological disorders. To prepare them, place 7g of dried leaves in 200ml of water. Drink 2 to 4 cups a day.
  • Relieve heavy legs with an alchemilla infusion for external use. Prepare it with 50g of dried aerial parts in 1 liter of water, then add it to your bath water.

Although its health benefits are well established, it should be noted that lady's mantle should be avoided in certain cases. She is contraindicatedin people under oral contraceptive, and people prone to gastritisor ulcers. It is a plant that can traineven favor the constipationif taken for a long time or in large doses.

People at risk of thrombosisor from phlebitis, and those following treatment with anti-vitamin Kmust also avoid consuming lady's mantle.

Pa precaution, ask your opinion doctor.


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Video: Female Fertility - Alchemilla Mollis - Ladys Mantle (September 2021).