Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Parts used

Leaves and flowers

Properties

Alterative, antibacterial, antifungal, antirheumatic, bitter, blood purifier, deodorant, diuretic (mild), nutritive

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Primary nutrients

Essential amino acids, chlorine, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, vitamins A, B1, B2, B12, E, D and K.

In ancient times, alfalfa was considered a miracle herb. The Arabs called it the “Father of Herbs”. It has the ability to survive in harsh climates and the roots of the plant can reach as far as sixty-six feet into the subsoil.

Modern research has documented the health benefits of alfalfa. It is one of the most nutritious foods available. It is considered by herbalists to be beneficial for many problems and some even recommend it for any ailment because it helps the body assimilate protein, calcium and other essential nutrients. In addition, alfalfa is used to remove poisons and their effects in the body and is thought to neutralize the acidity of the body and break down carbon dioxide. In fact, alfalfa is often used to treat recuperative cases of narcotic and alcohol addiction and has been found to help build the blood in cases of anemia.

Alfalfa contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it a great body cleanser, infection fighter and natural deodorizer. It has also been used to clean stained teeth. The extracts produce antibacterial activity against gram-positive bacteria specifically.

Alfalfa is known to help with milk production in nursing mothers and to stimulate appetite. It has also been researched and found to help lower cholesterol levels and to neutralize cancer. It has been found to help in healing ulcers and treating arteriosclerosis, pituitary problems, liver toxicity, arthritis, allergies, diabetes and in strengthening the capillaries and blood vessels. Alfalfa is often used to treat appendicitis, water retention, urinary and bowel problems, muscle spasms, cramps and digestive problems.

Primary Applications

Anemia
Arthritis
Diabetes
Kidney, contaminated
Pituitary problems
Appetite, loss
Blood, impurities
Hemorrhages
Nausea
Ulcers, peptic

Secondary Applications

Alcoholism
Appendicitis, chronic
Allergies
Blood pressure, high
Body odor
Cancer
Cramps, muscle & stomach
Intestinal problems
Lactation, absent
Nosebleeds
Urinary problems
Bursitis
Cholesterol, high
Gastric disorders
Gout
Jaundice
Muscles, weak
Teeth, stained

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