Lady's Mantle is not usually among the top herbs we know, but it definitely should be in your apothecary cabinet if you are a woman or living with one.
To start things off about this magical folklore and medicinal herb, you should know Lady's Mantle's Latin name is Alchemilla vulgaris and it belongs to the Rosaceae family. The plant piece that will matter most to an herbalist or consumer is its curved rounded leaves.
Folklore tells us that Lady's Mantle is named as such because it is nicknamed, "The magical one." This stems from the European belief that Lady's Mantle can cure most illnesses -if not all as they believed.
While folklore is always interesting, today we understand that Lady's Mantle cannot cure all, but it can definitely do a lot!
Women's health is among the top of the list with Lady's Mantle being regularly known as aiding in reducing painful periods, irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, vaginal discharge, migraines, headaches, abnormal bleeding, and additional vaginal infections. With that list, an herbalist should already see clearly the big differences this little herb can make in your life.
Lady's Mantle is not just limited to women's needs though. In fact, it wide usage in helping treating insomnia, anxiety, ulcers, healing wounds, digestive pain and discomfort, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and infections might be more useful for your needs.
Lady's Mantle is able to accomplish a lot of these goals because of its natural astringent qualities with its chemical tannin and salicylate anti-inflammatory makeup.
If you are interested in incorporating Lady's Mantle into your wellness regime, try using it as a tea infusion, tincture, or even try our menstrual salve for women's health.
More about Lady's Mantle appearance and care:
- The leaves are very soft -even velvet like and can grow up to 6 inches.
- Little hairs on the leaves often catch the morning dew giving it a diamond glistening like appearance in the early morning.
- In the midsummer airy looking yellow star-shaped flowers will bloom. If you want to keep them blooming sheer them going.
Lady's Mantle needs partial sun and in hot climates we suggest using a shade cloth of 80%. It is also important to know that Lady's Mantle is not drought resistant. The plant actually turns brown in the winter, but returns to its happy green self in the Spring.
To dry Lady's Mantle you can use both the hanging method or oven dry method.
A lot of gardener's use it for ground cover, but as you can see it desires a lot more respect than that!