Women’s mantle tea is recommended mainly for its helpful effect on menstrual or menopausal symptoms. We tell you what else you can use the herb for.
Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla) is a relatively widespread plant in our latitudes and is used in many gardens as a ground cover. As the name suggests, it is a medicinal herb that is traditionally used for women’s ailments. But not only women can benefit from its effects. For which ailments you can drink lady’s mantle tea, you can read in this article.
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The effect of lady’s mantle tea
You can use women’s mantle tea for various types of women’s complaints:
- Traditionally, lady’s mantle tea is recommended for pelvic inflammation, menstrual problems, white discharge (secretion of white secretion from the vagina) and premenstrual mood swings.
- It also helps with fertility problems, extra bleeding (metrorrhagia) and menopausal symptoms.
- Moreover, women’s mantle tea is used in case of desire to have children, because it has a balancing influence on the cycle regulation in the female hormonal balance. It helps to build and maintain the uterine lining, which is of great importance for conception.
- In the early stages of pregnancy, women’s mantle tea can reduce the risk of miscarriage, as it strengthens the uterus.
- In the last month of pregnancy, on the other hand, the herb is helpful in strengthening the pelvic organs.
- But also after childbirth, lady’s mantle tea is very helpful: in this phase, it supports the flow of milk as well as the healing process of injuries that occurred during childbirth.
In addition, the lady’s mantle herb has numerous other positive effects – regardless of gender:
- Lady’s mantle has astringent (astringent), anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, antioxidant and antispasmodic effects.
- Lady’s mantle tea is recommended for gastrointestinal problems: The tannins it contains cause the intestinal mucosa to contract, making it harder for bacteria to enter it. Therefore, the tea can help with mild diarrhea.
- The tea of the perennial plant also relaxes the mind and thus helps, for example, with stress-related symptoms.
- In case of irritation of mucous membranes in the mouth and throat, it may help to gargle with the lady’s mantle tea.
- In the genital area, the tea is recommended – especially for women – as a sitz bath, while you can also use it as a poultice for wounds and weeping eczema.
- Lady’s mantle tea also promotes blood circulation, which can help with low blood pressure. If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should seek medical advice or talk to an alternative practitioner before using it.
- In addition, lady’s mantle is said to have a positive effect on obesity, migraine, arteriosclerosis, diabetes and thyroid disorders. The herb is also recommended for varicose veins – it is said to purify and thin the blood.
Harvest lady’s mantle wild and grow it yourself
You can find lady’s mantle plants mainly in damp meadows, sparse forests and ditches. The fully grown perennial is between ten and 50 cm high. From May to August, the plant bears yellow-greenish flowers, while the seven- to eleven-lobed, circular leaves are hairy and serrated at the edges. The best time to harvest the herb is in the early morning during the flowering period from May to August. To do this, simply cut the entire herb slightly above ground. Make sure to harvest only part of the plant at a time, so that it can reproduce.
Then cut the herb into small pieces or pluck off only the leaves before drying the plant parts in an airy and shady place. Of course, you can also prepare Fraunmantel tea from the fresh leaves.
Grow lady’s mantle yourself
You can also grow lady’s mantle quite easily in your own garden. The herb is undemanding and modest. It is best to choose a sunny location, but a semi-shady spot is also quite suitable. Lady’s mantle prefers a moist, humus-rich and nutrient-rich soil with a neutral pH. However, the plant does not tolerate waterlogging.
Alternatively, you can buy lady’s mantle tea at the health food store or pharmacy, although you should always prefer organic quality.
Preparation of lady’s mantle teas
For each cup (250 ml) of lady’s mantle tea, pour hot water over one teaspoon of the dried or fresh herb. For a whole pot with one liter of water, this would be about three to four teaspoons.
Let it steep for about ten minutes before straining the herb or removing your tea infuser.
If you have symptoms, drink a cup of the lady’s mantle herb three to four times a day. The tea is said to be especially effective if you drink it in sips throughout the day. If in doubt, seek medical advice or talk to an alternative practitioner before using the tea and the dosage.
Externally, as described above, you can also use lady’s mantle tea for poultices and sitz baths, while it is also suitable for rinses in the vaginal area. If in doubt, seek gynecological advice.
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