What are the Uses and Health Benefits of Lady's mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)?
What is Lady's Mantle?
Lady's Mantle is an Ayurvedic herb which has been used in Ayurveda for the treatment of many health-related issues. Basically, the herb has shown its great effect during menstruation problems such as pain, cramping, irregular periods etc. Amenorrhea and menopause can be treated with the help of this herb very effectively. Other health issues such as leucorrhea, inflammation of ovaries, uterine mucosa, premature delivery, stomach pain, indigestion, piles can also be treated with the help of this herb. The botanical name of the herb is Alchemilla Vulgaris, and it belongs to Family - Rosaceae. Along with these medicinal properties the herb also has great anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, and wound healing properties.
Alchemilla Vulgaris is native of American Andes and other parts of continental Europe. The herb is also distributed in North America and Northern and western Asia. It is mainly found at an altitude of 3,600 feet in the Scotch highlands. The leaves of the herb are semicircle, kidney-shaped and have 7-9 lobes on the short and woody rhizomes. The flowers of the plant are yellow-greenish in color and grouped into small umbrellas. Flowers are without any petals.
Which Parts of the Herb are Medicinally Used?
The whole parts of the herb are important from a medicinal point of view. The dried parts of herb mainly leave, flowers, stems are collected during flowering time and are used for the preparation of various Ayurvedic medicines.
What are the Main Chemical Constituents of the Alchemilla Vulgaris?
The herb shows a lot of therapeutic benefits due to the presence of numbers of chemical constituents such as tannins, flavonoids, salicylic acid, saponins, and proanthocyanidins and also contains mineral content such as zinc.
- Kingdom - Plantae
- Phylum - Angiosperms
- Subphylum - Eudicots
- Class - Rosids
- Order - Rosales
- Family - Rosaceae
- Subfamily - Rosoideae
- Tribe - Potentilleae
- Subtribe - Fragariinae
- Genus - Alchemilla L.
Health Benefits of Lady's Mantle
The herb has powerful therapeutic properties due to which it has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. The herb is said to have a positive effect on the female hormonal level. So that's why the herb is recommended for various women-related health issues especially excessive menstrual bleeding, cramping, irregular periods, menopausal disorder etc. Here below we are going to discuss all the problem in details:
Alchemilla Vulgaris is one of the top traditional herbs for menstruation problems. The pure natural extract of Alchemilla Vulgaris contains vasorelaxant properties due to which it helps to relax the tension in the blood vessels and reduce the pain and cramping. The herb provides the strengthening effect on the endometrium (the uterine lining), and by doing so it can easily solve any problem related to menstruation.
Reduce menopausal symptoms
There are hormonal imbalances that occurs during the menopausal stage in women's. This stage brings many changes in the women body. Many Ayurvedic and allopathic experts recommend Alchemilla Vulgaris as a uterine astringent and uterine tonic. Alchemilla Vulgaris overcomes the symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, anxiety, irritation, and pain.
Good for insomnia
People who have been facing the problem of insomnia gets stressed day by day. Insomnia is basically stress-related disorder which makes the person sleepless. Alchemilla Vulgaris tea act as a great treatment for insomnia patient. This herbal tea provides relief to your mind and releases the stress from the body. For making this tea you can just put Lady's Mantle plant in one cup of water and boil them for 5-10 minutes. After that strain and consume it 3 times a day. This will definitely improve your stress level and helps to have sound sleep.
The styptic properties of Lady's Mantle has been used by many Ayurvedic experts for the treatment of the wound. You can just simply apply Lady's Mantle on the affected area this will help in faster healing. Tannin content of Lady's Mantle accelerate the healing process and reduce pain.
Lady's Mantle is also very effective for those women who have been facing the problem of yeast and fungal or vaginal infections. It also reduces the itchiness and white discharge problem. Due to its great therapeutic effect, the herb is used as a douche or applied on a tampon and after that inserted into the vagina. It has no ill effects rather than this it helps to cure vaginal irritation and infection.
Diarrhea and indigestion
Along with other females health issues Lady's Mantle has been also used for stomach pain, indigestion due to its great astringent property. Lady's Mantle helps to reduce the symptoms of diarrhea and prevents bloody stool discharge. The anti-inflammatory properties of Lady's Mantle help in the treatment of piles and hemorrhoids.
Lady's Mantle has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties which helps to treat various skin related issues. The anti-inflammatory property provides relief from skin redness, inflammation, and swelling. In skin problem such as eczema, Lady's Mantle is very effective it reduces the itchiness and redness from the skin. The antioxidant content of herb helps to eliminate toxins and free radical from the body and by doing so it prevents oxidative damages in the body and delays the aging process.
The antioxidant properties of Lady's Mantle prevents your liver from oxidative damages. The rich amount of polyphenolics and flavonoids content in Lady's Mantle helps in liver protection and also removes the toxin from the body.
The herb also helps to repair scalp and promote the growth of hair follicles. The Lady's Mantle hence helps to strengthen the hair follicles and promote natural growth and also protects the scalp from any type of fungal and bacterial infection.
What are the Side Effects of Lady's Mantle?
- The over-consumption of Lady’s Mantle can cause damage to your liver.
- The tannin content of Lady’s Mantle may sometime increase the risk of cancer due to its continuous use.
- Better you should avoid it during pregnancy because in some cases it may cause miscarriage.
- During breastfeeding it's better to avoid it or take under the supervision of an ayurvedic expert.
Lady's Mantle is a traditional ayurvedic herb and has many health benefits. We at Planet Ayurveda use the pure natural extract of Lady's Mantle herb for the preparation of many ayurvedic products.