For hundreds of years before the advent of modern medicine, women used the natural resources around them to treat illness and promote health and physical well-being. There was no such thing as a doctor who specialized in a women’s’ needs for them to turn to, so they made do with what they had. Lady’s Mantle is one such herb that helped many women treat themselves before the era of the drug store.
Lady’s Mantle and Its Common Uses
Lady’s Mantle is an herb that contains a substantial amount of tannin which gives it astringent and styptic properties. These properties make Lady’s Mantle very useful, both topically and internally, as an aid in stopping blood flow caused by a wound, intestinal issues and female health concerns.
Treatment for Women’s Ailments
By now, it is common knowledge that what you put into your body will influence your pH balance and your overall female health condition. Lady’s Mantle, when consumed as a tea, can help keep that balance. While there is not an abundance of research on the use of Lady’s Mantle as a treatment for women’s health, the studies that have been done show that the anti-inflammatory and astringent properties are effective and should be included in further pharmaceutical research. In fact some researchers claim that the use of herbal remedies as medical treatments should be regarded as valid and true. Because of the commonly held belief among the scientific community that herbal remedies have effective treatment properties, there is a strong movement to further study various herbs and include them as legitimate treatment options.
How to Use Lady’s Mantle
• Menstrual Pain and Heavy Flow
Add 1 ounce of dried Lady’s Mantle leaves to 1 pint of boiling water. Let steep for 15 minutes and strain into tea cup. Because of the amount of tannin in Lady’s Mantle, some users will add lemon balm and red raspberry leaf to cut the bitterness. Drink up to 3 times a day until symptoms subside.5
• Conception Aid
Steep 2 Tablespoons of chopped Lady’s Mantle leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Drink every day for 20 days.
Using the same recipe as the tea for menstrual pain, consume tea 1-3 times per day to help alleviate symptoms and prevent further menstrual complaints.
• Pregnancy Aid
Lady’s Mantle tea can be a great supplement to add to your diet towards the end of your pregnancy, with the approval of your OB-GYN of course. While in your 9th month of pregnancy drink 1 cup of Lady’s Mantle tea a day to help prepare and strengthen your uterus for labor. The tea will also help with post-natal bleeding and can continue to be consumed during recovery to help stem the bleeding and encourage internal healing.
External Uses for Lady’s Mantle
The uses for Lady’s Mantle does not end with simply drinking a tea. Lady’s Mantle extract can also be used in a rub or ointment to treat external vaginal itching and excessive discharge. Combine Lady’s Mantle ointment with 20 ml of rosewater and apply externally. Leave overnight and gently cleanse in the morning for quick relief.
Women’s healthcare has long been a debate amongst doctors, individuals and government officials around the world. Reintroducing herbal remedies that have proven results can reduce the amount of visits the average woman makes to the gynecologists’ office by 30% as well as the amount of money she spends on over the counter treatment methods. Why make an expensive trip to the doctor’s office when you can simply have a cup of tea?