The Many Benefits of Lady's Mantle
English Name: Lady's Mantle
Latin Name: Alchemilla vulgaris
What is Lady's Mantle?
The name “lady’s mantle” was most likely bestowed upon this perennial plant from the Rosaceae family because of its use in traditional medicine to treat “lady’s” ailments, from painful menstrual cycles and heavy flow to menopausal symptoms. It has been an important part of traditional medical practices for centuries. Native to northern Europe, central Asia and more mountainous regions of the Americas, this mounding perennial plant prefers temperate climates and features fan-shaped gray-green leaves that nestle like the petals of a rose with bright chartreuse flowers that cluster above the foliage. It is a favored ground cover choice for gardeners due to its tolerance of both shade and drought. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that rainwater captured in this herb’s leathery leaves had magical powers1.
How does Lady's Mantle work?
The main active components in lady’s mantle are flavonoids, tannins, salicylic acid and vitamin C. These components offer anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant benefits for many systems in the body. In particular, scientists believe the tannins in lady’s mantle help to constrict or contract some tissues in the body, which makes them effective in drying up watery stool or diarrhea and in decreasing the appearance of varicose veins. Salicylic acid, also the main ingredient in aspirin, has analgesic effects on the body, meaning it can help ease pain and discomfort. When combined with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the flavonoids in lady’s mantle, these components effectively expel toxins and fend off the cell damage caused by free radicals while soothing muscular aches and cramps and supporting healthy organ functions1.
What are the benefits of Lady's Mantle?
While women have used lady’s mantle for centuries for relief from menstrual cramps, heavy menstrual flow and the hot flashes associated with menopause, men and even pets can also reap many benefits from this ingredient. It has been used to alleviate coughing and sore throat associated with the common cold or allergies, acne, upset stomach and the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis2. The powerful combination of antioxidants and vitamin C in lady’s mantle effectively boost the immune system and help protect the liver from disease. Most commonly, lady’s mantle has been shown to help promote firm stool production in both humans and pets without the side effects common with harsh chemical stool hardeners3. It can also soothe other digestive ailments, like indigestion and bloating.
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1. Deckard, Angela. "8 Amazing Benefits of Lady's Mantle." Healthy Focus. May 23, 2018. Accessed November 03, 2018. https://healthyfocus.org/benefits-of-ladys-mantle/.
2. "Alchemilla: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning." WebMD. Accessed November 03, 2018. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-654/alchemilla.
3. "Herbal Dog Remedies for Canine Diarrhea." VetInfo. Accessed November 03, 2018. https://www.vetinfo.com/herbal-remedies-canine-diarrhea.html.
Reviewed by Master Herbalist, Mary Ellen Kosanke