Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla vulgaris, Rosaecae. It is also known as Lion's foot and bear's foot.

The aerial parts of the plant are used.

The leaves and stems are collected in late spring early summer.

Functions of lady's mantle

Lady's mantle:

  • has an affinity for the female reproductive system. It can be used to:
    • help reduce menstrual pain,
    • lighten heavy periods,
    • ease the changes associated with menopause,
    • stimulate contractions during childbirth,
    • reduce vaginal discharge, irritation and infection (as a douche or lotion).
  • has astringent properties that are useful for treating diarrhea and gastroenteritis.
  • makes a good skin lotion for:
    • rashes,
    • eczema,
    • cuts and wounds,
    • sores and
    • insect bites.
  • can be used as a mouth wash or gargle for:
    • bleeding gums,
    • mouth ulcers and
    • sore throats.

Notes on lady's mantle

  • Avoid taking during pregnancy.
  • Lady's mantle contains tannins, so do not take for long periods without a break.
  • If it is used regularly it may cause constipation.

Dosages

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonsful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times per day. To help diarrhea and as a mouth wash or lotion a stronger dosage may be made by boiling the herb for a few minutes to extract all the tannins

Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times per day.

For the gardener

Grow new plants from seed grown in the spring or by dividing clumps in the autumn. Plant into a humus rich soil that is reasonably well drained.

Lady's mantle dislikes hot dry conditions so it should be planted under deciduous trees or shrubs.

References

Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.

Woodward, P. 2003, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. Hyland House.

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