22 Dec Alfalfa (MEDICAGO SATIVA)
Over the years, alfalfa has been used predominantly as animal fodder. Recently however, the medicinal uses of the plant have been noticed and used. It is considered a nutritional supplement and a body cleanser.
Its leaves, growing in groups of three, are thought to nourish the body by stimulating the appetite, acting as a laxative and diuretic, and providing such nutrients as fibre, protein, iron, copper, potassium, silica,phosphorus, magnesium, B1, B2, calcium, chlorophyll, vitamin C and vitamin A. All the goodness is actually in the leaves.
How It May Benefit You:
- calms inflammation of the bladder
- urinary tract infections
- kidney and prostrate disorders
- bone and joint disorders
- helps bloating or water retention
- aids indigestion
- aids constipation
- freshens bad breath
- it is a complete protein – good for vegetarians!
- it contains all the amino acids needed to digest its own protein
- alfalfa has alkaline properties – helpful in the gastrointestinal tract
- blood cleanser
- can improve the functioning of the liver
Anybody with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) should not have alfalfa products. Alfalfa may cause stomach upset and diarrhoea. If you are anaemic or pregnant, check before taking this herb.
WARNING: Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
You can purchase alfalfa sprouts – make sure they have the green leaves showing. You can sprout the seeds yourself and use them in salads and dishes. Alfalfa is available as tincture, prepared tea, capsules, or dried leaves. Remember – do not overdose on this or any other herb as it may give you the opposite effect to what you are after, particularly over a period of time