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Lady’s Mantle is a perennial herb found in Europe, North America and Asia. Alchemilla xanthochlora/vulgaris is found growing in unfertilized grasslands and mountain slopes. A member of the Rose family, this herb has a long history of herbal uses. First appearing in Jerome Bock’s “History of Plants” in 1532. Its name Alchemilla is a derivative of the Arab word Alkemelych, or alchemy, referring to the plant’s magical potency.
Alchemilla vulgaris is generally steeped as Lady’s Mantle tea and blended into botanical infusions. The dew found gathering at the center of the leaf is a key ingredient in many magical formulas. The dew was also often used to wash one’s face on the spring equinox to keep the skin youthful.
Lady’s Mantle is best used to strengthen tissue in the female reproductive body by removing excess dampness and inflammation; and is not directly nutritive. Best suited to swelling and tissue weakness. It is not surprising that it is especially recommended to tone tissues after delivery. Especially useful as a gentle tonic to improve pregnancy and menstrual function. For balancing the menstrual cycle combine Lady’s mantle with Raspberry leaf, Red clover and Nettle leaf. For a post partum tonic after birth combine Lady’s mantle with Gotu kola, Calendula or Raspberry leaf.
Lady’s Mantle is very much a yin or feminine plant with an affinity to the balance of water in the body. Not only does it help with reproductive problems, which are very often connected with fluids, but also psychological or magical influences as well.
How to Use:
1 teaspoon of Lady’s Mantle to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.