Information on Alfalfa

Latin NameMedicago sativa
Other NamesLucerne
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTinctures, tablets, capsules, teas, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsBlood
CautionsHas a slight blood thinning effect.
Botanical InfoA green herbaceous plant, two to three feet high with short spikes of small purple pea-like flowers.
DescriptionAlfalfa is a nutrient herb which stimulates the appetite, helps nourish the skin, hair, and nails, and is beneficial during convalescence. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyl and may have cancer protective properties. Studies have shown that alfalfa has the ability to lower serum cholesterol. Alfalfa contains phytoestrogens and makes a gentle substitute for estrogen after menopause. Alfalfa tea is used traditionally to stimulate the supply of breast milk in nursing mothers. Alfalfa has a taste of SALTY, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Alfalfa

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Convalescence, from long-term illnessnourishing tonictincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Cholesterol, highcholesterol loweringcapsules, tincture, tea
Lactation, insufficientnourishing tonictea, capsule, tincture

References

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