Lady's Mantle - Alchemilla vulgaris:
This herb gives off uniquely-shaped leaves upon which rainwater will bead. Flowers
appear mid-summer on stalks, and are small and yellowish-green.
Lady's mantle does best in sun or partial sun. It is a hardy perennial which takes
well to the garden, given an average amount of water.
I am unaware of any culinary uses for this herb.
Medicinal Uses in Folklore:
It has been said that lady's mantle can be useful in regulating glucose homeostasis
(blood sugar levels) in diabetes mellitus.
As an infusion made in boiling water and then, after cooling, either taken by mouth
or by vaginal douche, this is said to help relieve excessive menstruation. The powdered
root is said to help relieve diarrhea.
Scanning the Scientific Literature:
Scientific research fails to confirm any use for lady's mantle in diabetes and blood
Very little reference to this herb is found in the literature.
Culpeper marks this as an herb of Venus.
The name of the herb seems to have arisen from the shape of the leaves -- much like
a mantle worn by a proper lady.
- Culpeper, N. Culpeper's Color Herbal.
- Swanston-Flatt SK. Day C. Bailey CJ. Flatt PR.
Traditional plant treatments for diabetes. Studies in normal and streptozotocin
diabetic mice. Diabetologia. 33(8):462-4, 1990 Aug.
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Last Updated: March 7, 1999.