Alchemilla is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the Rosaceae family, with the common name “lady’s mantle” applied generically as well as specifically to Alchemilla mollis. It is native to cool temperate and subarctic regions of Europe and Asia, with a few species native to the mountains of Africa and the Americas. The name Alchemilla stems from the medieval alchemists. They believed that the dewdrops that gathered on the leaves of the plant had magical powers that could help them in their quest for the philosopher’s stone (a mythical stone that could turn base metals into gold).
The name mantle derives from the shape of the leaves that resembled a lady’s cloak in medieval times. Lady’s mantle has been used topically and internally, as a treatment for wounds, gastrointestinal complaints, and female ailments. Its tannin content appears to justify astringent and anti-diarrheal uses. Lady’s Mantle is an astringent herb that works well on hollow organs like the uterus. Rather than toning the uterus, though, Lady’s Mantle works to draw out excess fluid and soothe inflammation. For that reason, this herb is well-suited for consumption after childbirth, during your menstrual cycle and during the delightful time of menopause.
The ability of lady’s mantle to heal wounds has been highly prized by herbalists for a long time. The herb has a potent astringent action that can staunch the flow of blood and allow the healing process to begin. Herbal preparations made from its extracts are also prescribed by herbalists for the treatment of fibroids and endometriosis in women. The lady’s mantle decoction also makes an excellent skin lotion which can help eliminate rashes formed by diseases like eczema. It can be used to heal cuts, wounds, external sores and all kinds of insect bites. This decoction can also be used as a mouthwash to treat cases of mouth ulcers, bleeding gums and as a gargle for sore throats.
Lady’s Mantle can also be used to clean the vagina in cases of discharge, yeast infections or itchiness. It can be used either as a douche or applied to a tampon to treat these problems. If used on a tampon, Lady’s Mantle can also be mixed with cocoa butter.
Due to a lack of research, little is known about the safety of taking lady’s mantle supplements or applying lady’s mantle to the skin in the long term. If you’re considering the use of lady’s mantle in treatment of a chronic condition, make sure to consult your physician.