The word “alfalfa” comes from the Arabic phrase, al-fac-facah, meaning “father of all foods.” It stands to reason, alfalfa is extremely nutritious. The extensive root system allows the plant to absorb a high level of nutrients from the soil. Alfalfa leaf contains essential vitamins including the entire spectrum of B-vitamins, A, D, E and K. Alfalfa Leaf is a source of iron, niacin, biotin, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Alfalfa is a source of chlorophyll. Compared to other plants, alfalfa leaf is very high in protein and amino acids and include supporting healthy circulation and the immune system.
Traditionally, it has been used to stimulate the appetite and relieve ulcers. Indian Ayurvedic medicine has used alfalfa leaf to relieve water retention, arthritis, and ulcers. Colonial Americans used the plant to fight scurvy, menstrual difficulties, arthritis, and urinary problems.
Alfalfa seeds poultice are used to soothe insect bites. Nursing mothers have also used the leaf, which is believed to help stimulate the flow of breast milk.
A comprehensive list of its benefits would be very long, but common benefits attributed to alfalfa include: Detoxes the urinary tract, purifies the blood and liver, has a strong alkaline effect on the body, promotes bowel movement regularity and healthy hydration, eases general digestive problems, contains high levels of enzymes for food digestion and assimilation, lowers bad cholesterol, and reduces incidence of atherosclerotic plaque, supports healthy blood sugar levels, supports the pituitary gland.
Because of alfalfa’s benefits, it is an ingredient in many supplemental formulas. The leaves can be brewed into a tea, although the taste is somewhat bland it does combines well with other teas. As a nutritious food, the herb is mild in flavor and works well in salads, soups, casseroles, or more.
PREPARATION: Boil 3 cups of water. Turn of the fire. Use a small handful of the dried herb and add it to the boiled water to steep for at least 30 minutes. Take morning and night. Bottle the remaining tea in a glass container and store it on refrigerator for up to a month.
PRECAUTIONS: As always, please consult with your physician before using any herbal solutions.