Alfalfa (leaf) Tea

Alfalfa is one of the most nutrient rich herbs and is therefore historically often used for recovery from illness or when feeling rundown.

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.

Herb Info / Uses


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Botanical Name: Medicago sativa

Plant Family: Fabiaceae

Plant description: Alfalfa is a perennial herb, which may grow to a height of 1 m, with trifoliate toothed leaflets, violet or blue flowers give way to a spirally twisted pod. Originating in Europe, Asia and North Africa, it is now cultivated widely throughout the world.

Part used: Leaf and flower

Harvest: When beginning to flower.

Active Constituents: Isoflavones, vitamins A, C, E, K and minerals calcium, potassium phosphorous and iron, coumestrol and alkaloids asparagine and trigonelline.

Energetics: Astringent, sweet, cooling.

Actions: Nutritive, oestrogen modulating.

Uses: Alfalfa leaves, either fresh or dried, have traditionally been used as a nutritive tonic for convalescence, debility and pregnancy. It has also been used as a tonic after blood loss and anaemia combining well with other herbs such as nettle. Its phyto-oestrogenic properties make alfalfa useful for relief of menopausal symptoms.

Dosage: Infusion - pour one cup of boiling water onto one teaspoon of dried herb. Leave to infuse for five minutes. Drink up to one cup three times per day. Fluid Extract (1:2) – 30—60 ml/week

Cautions: Best avoided in oestrogen sensitive breast cancer.

Interactions: There is no known significant drug or nutrient interactions associated with alfalfa.

 

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.