Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) helps to stop bleeding. It has a strengthening effect on the endometrium (the uterine lining), making it an effective treatment for many problems associated with menstruation and menopause. A hot infusion made of this herb is used internally for excessive menstrual bleeding and vaginal discharge, to reduce menstrual pain, and for prolonged blood loss due uterine fibroids. During menopause, lady’s mantle relieves hot flushes and anxiety symptoms.
Lady’s mantle helps strengthen the uterus in women who are likely to miscarry
and it is also recommended after giving birth.
Its tannins are the reason for its styptic and astringent effect, therefore it is also recommended for intestinal disorders and diarrhoea. It may be used for mouth ulcers, laryngitis, skin disorders and inflamed wounds.
Lady’s mantle has a very rapid healing action and gargling with the herb after the loss or removal of teeth is most beneficial for the patient.
It is also very effective for mouth ulcers and sores, as well as laryngitis.
Any skin disorders, such as inflamed wounds or rashes, should also be bathed with a liquid made from this herb. It battles vomiting and flux and eases bruises and ruptures.
After childbirth, women should drink lady’s mantle tea,
especially if it is mixed with shepherd’s purse or yarrow. It aids with debility of the abdomen and, for women who are likely to miscarry, it is strengthening for the foetus and the uterus. Master herbalist Nicholas Culpeper claimed: “Women who wanted to conceive should drink a decoction of lady’s mantle for 20 days before conception then, once pregnant, they should sit in a bath made from the decoction“. Culpeper also recommended it for “green wounds” or gangrene.
Popular European healer Johann Künzle stresses its merits: “Through early and prolonged application of this medicinal herb, two thirds of all operations performed on women would be quite unnecessary. Every woman in childbed should drink much of this tea, some children would still have their mother, some widower his wife, had they known this herb”.
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