Lady’s Mantle (alchemilla mollis)
A bushy herb with a height of 20-40 cm. Branches have a blue-green color, and later become red. They are bare or with brown hair. Green hairy leaves with 7-11 semicircular slices. The edges of the leaves form small droplets of water that in the sunshine, and occasionally gather at the bottom of the sheet, creating a large drop of water that in the sun shines like a pearl. Alchemists of the middle Ages saw a liquid from which you can make gold, and therefore began to collect this plant, and gave him the name Alchemy. Small light green flowers without flower petals, and are gathered at the end of the stem in a false shield. Blooms from June to July, lady’s mantle is odorless, with a slightly bitter taste. Alpine herb that grows in wet meadows at the end of the forest, beside streams, roads. A bit shallow and difficult to trace, although appears in large quantities, especially in places where there are Icelandic moss and blueberry.
During the blooming collect all plants leaves or just after blooming. It’s a very favorable herb in folk medicine. Besides tannin and bitter substances it has resin, herbal oil, lecithin and saponin.
In ancient Germans this herb was greatly appreciated and committed to Frigg, the goddess of nature and fertility. After first mentioned in 1485 in the area of medical herbs. In the 16th century it has been celebrated in all the books on medicinal herbs on time. In our region it hardly known even though it’s very common and medical.
It is used for wounds prepared as a tea used internally and externally, primarily in women. Regulates menstruation, it helps to facilitate delivery. Used to strengthen the muscles in young children in the form of a bath, to treat wounds after tooth removal, as an mean for anti-bleeding, for external and internal injuries, especially with internal injuries at birth.
In folk medicine, lady’s mentle tea is prepared a 1 tablespoon per cup of tea. Let sit for 10 minutes, after which you drink unsweetened. Daily you can take 2 cups.
In female diseases а bath is recommended which is prepared from lady’s mantle and oak bark, horsetail and oat straw in the amount of 50-60 grams. Boil briefly in 5 liters of water and let sit 10 minutes, after which you strain and pour into a hot bath. After bathing in the bath you should lie down in a warm bed. This bath can treat wounds and ulcers, and prolapse of the uterus.
Successfully used to wash the vaginal infections.
It can be taken for anemia, rheumatism, gout. Needs to be taken longer with diabetes.
Lady’s mentle fat: For vaginal itching (pruritus of the vulva) takes 10 grams of strong aqueous extract from lady’s mentle, 10 g lanolin, 20 grams vaseline and 10 grams zinc oxide. It is used to spread on the vagina.