ALFALFA (Medicago sativa) Leaf
About this Herb
Alfalfa is used for kidney conditions, bladder and prostate conditions, and to increase urine flow. It is also used for high cholesterol, asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, upset stomach, and a bleeding disorders. Alfalfa is a source of vitamins A, C, E, and K4; and minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron.
The word “alfalfa” comes from the Arabic phrase “al-fac-facah” meaning “father of all foods”. This extremely nutritious food dates back to at least 6,000 years ago, with remains of the alfalfa leaf found in Ancient Persian ruins from around this time. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, alfalfa leaves are used to stimulate appetite and relieve ulcers. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine the alfalfa leaf is used to relieve water retention, arthritis and ulcers.
With an extensive root system that can reach as far as 60 feet underground, alfalfa has the ability to absorb minerals that are not available in the surface soil, as well as higher quantities of vitamins and minerals than your typical plant.
Cleansing and Detoxification
Alfalfa alkalizes and detoxifies the body, especially the liver. Extremely nutrient dense, alfalfa can replenish the stores of liver supportive vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin K which is stored in the liver and fatty tissues. This important, fat soluble vitamin is found in exceptionally high amounts in alfalfa and goes straight to your liver where it helps to maintain healthy blood clotting. Alfalfa makes an appearance in almost all liver cleansing tonic recipes, and with good reason too.
A healthy digestive system is the key to optimum health. It is here that nutrients are assimilated or discarded, and the food that we eat converted into that all important energy to fuel the body through life. There are many ways alfalfa contributes to digestive health, firstly, it is high in the pre-biotics “fructo-oligosaccharides” – compounds which fertilise and feed the good bacteria (pro-biotics) in the gut. This will help to neutralise bad bacteria (such as Candida), which can lead to a whole host of health problems.
Alfalfa contains a plethora of digestive enzymes which breakdown the various components of food. Amylase which breaks down carbohydrates, starch and sugar, lipase for fat and protase breaks down protein molecules.
Potassium packed, this unassuming grass can work wonders for your digestive health through its nutrient content too. As an essential electrolyte, potassium aids in the process of eliminating water retention found within the body – this not only reduces swelling caused by water retention, it supports the process of digestion too. When combined with the minerals found within alfalfa, potassium serves as a diuretic, ultimately promoting digestive regulation, especially for those who suffer from constipation.
Other Alfalfa Benefits
- Detoxes the urinary tract
- Has a strong alkaline effect on the body
- Can lower bad cholesterol and reduce the incidence of atherosclerotic plaque
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels, especially when taken with manganese
- Supports the pituitary gland
How to use:
In general the ratio for herbal tea is 1 Tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of freshly boiled water. If using fresh herbs, the ratio is usually 1 Teaspoon of fresh herbs to 1 cup of fresh boiled water. 3. Using freshly boiled water to cover the herbs makes sure you get the most potent infusion
High in Fibre and Protein.
Vitamins: A, K & C
Minerals: Potassium, Calcium and Iron.
Enzymes: Amylase, Lipase, Protase, Coagilase, Emulsion, Invertase, Peroxidase, Pectinaze and Cellulose
As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse reactions. Care should be taken when introducing a new Superfood into your diet as overindulgence could lead to symptoms of detoxification.
People with autoimmune disease, gout and women who are pregnant should avoid taking Alfalfa Leaf Powder.
ALFALFA (Medicago sativa) Leaf C/s
From Middle East
These ingredients have been tested and carefully selected by a certified herbalist.
All tonics, loose teas, herbal leaves, and powders should be refrigerated after seal is broken for longest potency and freshness of herbs. Herbal compounds such as tinctures and capsules doesn’t need to be refrigerated and should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct light. These methods will guarantee the longest potency and freshness. All herbal compounds will have expiration dates on the item packages effective immediately. If Stored correctly these herbal compounds will last far longer than the recommended expiration date.