~ written by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist
Alfalfa leaves, the latin name being Medicago sativa, is a plant origionally native to asia, but now is found growing abundantly throughout the world. Alfalfa is rich in isoflavone properties, coumarins, sterols, rich in enzymes including amylase, lipase and protase, containing Vitamin A, C, D, B6, and vitamin K and is said to contain 10 times more mineral value than the average grain.
Used traditionally as a tonic herb, meaning an herb which can be used long term to help build and strengthen the whole body and has often been used for conditions of wasting (anorexia)and a lack of vitality. Known as a support for both mental and physical wellbeing.
Traditionally used as a tea to promote strong bones and help rebuild decaying teeth. Rich in chlorophyll, alfalfa can be combined with the herbs: horsetail, nettle leaf and red clover for connective tissue support and is often used in conditions of arthritis.
Known as a galactagogue, Alfalfa can be drunk as a tea to help increase the flow of breast milk in new mothers.
A gentle cleanser, Alfalfa has gentle diuretic and laxative properties and holds healing properties for digestive distress.
Due to its blood thinning properties, consult an herbal practitioner prior to using Alfalfa if using Statin medications or are taking blood thinners.