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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



LADY'S MANTLE
(Alchemilla vulgaris syn. A. mollis)
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PROPAGATION: With fresh seed or by division. Can produce seed without pollination.
NEEDS: Full to part sun; some shade desirable. Prefers ample moisture.
HARVEST: Leaves and flowers.
FLOWERS: Small yellow blossoms from early summer onward.

USES

MEDICINAL:
Dry leaves and roots are astringent due to presence of tannins.
Has been used for female complaints.
Has also been used to coagulate blood and for internal bleeding.
Has been used as a mouth rinse after tooth extraction.
Infusion has been used as an acne remedy.
Has been used in ointment form for abrasions.

CULINARY:
Young leaves in tossed salads.

COSMETIC:
Infusion used as a skin lotion, in the bath, and for eyepads to soothe tired eyes.

DYE:
Green parts produce green.

CRAFT:
Flowers for fresh or dried arrangements; pressed leaves decorate note paper or for bookmarks; added to other herbs for sleep pillows.



RECIPES

INFUSION
1/2 C. boiling water poured over 1 Tbsp herb; steep till cool and strain.

LOTION

Melt 2 tsp carragheen moss in hot water; add 2 Tbsp glycerine, 4 Tbsp alcohol, 2 Tbsp strong infusion of Lady's Mantle; blend all ingredients well; pour into jar with a few drops of herb oil to scent.




©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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