Alfalfa is a tonic herb and nourishes the whole body because it contains all the vitamins, minerals and trace minerals we know about. This plant only grows to less than 2′ tall, but it can put its roots down into the soil for more than 25 feet. Just imagine that!
Alfalfa is loaded (really high levels) with vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, chlorophyll, beta carotene & calcium and is a frugal way to improve health. Known to be helpful in chronic fatigue syndrome.
Vitamin K is beneficial when blood clotting properties are required.
People who have been on antibiotics such as amoxicillin, gentamycin, tetracycline, and streptomycin can benefit from this since it can restore the levels of Vitamin K which is depleted when using these antibiotics, as well as cholesterol-lowering drugs, steroids, and anti-seizure medication.
But What Can Alfalfa Herb Do For Me?
Got my energy back! by Jill F. on Jun 13, 2012
“I have eight children and have had several hemmorages at birth and after birth. My first baby’s birth resulted in a lot of blood loss and I was prescribed iron to compensate for it. I struggled with fatigue and depression as I fought to take care of my baby girl. I remember one older mom telling me to “just get used to the fatigue: because it was part of young motherhood. I remember thinking “If this is a ‘blessing; God…please don’t give me anymore!
“For my fourth birth I used a knowledgeable home midwife who taught me about the benefits of alfalfa and liquid cholorophyll. I hemmoraged with this baby also but this time (instead of the prescription iron pills) I used alfalfa. I increased the amount daily and within just 2 weeks my hemotocrit was high and I felt full of energy and health. Even my mother (who was visiting) commented on how healthy and happy I looked.”
(source~ Bulk Herb Store)
Note: Use only sparingly in pregnancy (although most say it is safe), but best afterwards to build the blood. Contraindicated in auto-immune disease (lupus) or when using blood-thinners.
Alfalfa’s Many Benefits:
- promotes healthy skin
- beneficial to combat ulcers
- used in bone & joint disorders
- tones kidneys
- used as a blood cleaner
- used for urinary tract infections
- menopausal symptoms
- breast feeding to increase milk
- endometriosis relief
- used for bladder, kidney & prostate disorders
- helps reduce allergies
- improves the appetite
- improves assimilation of protein, calcium & nutrients
- detoxification properties
- antiseptic effects
- improves liver function
- aids digestion
- builds iron in the blood without constipation
Make It As Tea
- Pot on the stove method: Place the 1-2 tsp. alfalfa herb and 1 cup + water in a covered pot on the stove and bring just to a boil. Turn burner off and remove from heat. After it steeps for 15 minutes, strain and serve.
Pick Your Own?
If you have an unsprayed source, the best time to harvest alfalfa is when it is in bloom, and the more tender upper 1/3 of the plant is what I like to pick.
Just hang it ( group small bunches with a rubberband) upside down in a dust-free area until it crumbles easily, place it in a jar with tight fitting lid or Ziplock bag, and store it in a cool, dark place.
If you prefer harvesting truly fresh alfalfa, it’s important to remember that most commercial alfalfa for horses and cattle has been heavily sprayed with pesticides. If you can locate pure, un-sprayed organic alfalfa, you can pick and harvest the flowers and be enjoying it almost immediately.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional, nor a doctor. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease.
Thanks for reading!