Find About ALFALFA (Medicago sativa)
Other names: Lucerne, Buffalo herb, purple medic
Alfalfa is a hormone-line, alkalizing herb that helps to balance blood calcium levels. It has natural estrogen mimicking properties and contains fat- splitting enzymes which can assist with weight loss and maintenance.
The name ‘Medicago’ is derived from Medea in North Africa where this ancient medicinal plant is thought to have originated. Alfalfa was unknown in Europe until the seventeen century when it was given the name ‘Lucerna’ (meaning lamp) after the shiny, bright appearance of the seeds.
Alfalfa has been used for centuries to sweeten pastures depleted of minerals by over-use as it adds nitrogen to the soil via nodules on its roots. Alfalfa provides a rich source of organic minerals for fresh crops when dug back into the soil.
Alfalfa is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, E and K. It contains eight essential amino and eight digestive enzymes, and when taken as a tonic can enhance the appetite. Alfalfa is of great nutritional value as it contains four times as much Vitamin C as citrus juice measured weight for weight.
Alfalfa contains protein (16%), fat (3%), provitamin A, chlorophyll, several mineral salts including potassium, calcium and phosphorus; choline, trimethylamine, betaine, alfalfa saponin, an alkaloid, strachydrine and a hormonal substance called coumestrol.
Alfalfa is a nutritive, diuretic and anti-haemorrhagic. Alfalfa seeds were once used by Indians as an abortifacient. Alfalfa is useful for alkalizing the body’s system, relieves gastritis, nausea, stomach ulcers, cystitis and bladder irritations.
Alfalfa has estrogenic properties said to help to increase the flow of breast milk. Due to its hormone-like properties and natural iodine content, alfalfa affects the parathyroid gland which acts on the stabilization of calcium in serum blood levels, and is thought to assist period pain and premenstrual syndrome.
Rheumatism, sciatica and arthritis can be treated with alfalfa as it assists with eliminating excess uric acid. Alfalfa has also been shown to assist with normal clotting of the blood, so therefore may be useful in some circulatory disorders.
Alfalfa may be applied externally to aid wound healing.
Alfalfa can be obtained as a herbal extract, as an infusion, as sprouted seeds and in tablet form. Alfalfa seeds can be used as a decoction, and if using as a tea, Alfalfa can be combined with caraway or peppermint.
Alf Alfa is related to the King of Pentacles Tarot card and is a nutritive, a tonic, a diuretic and an ulterative. Alfalfa is useful for regulating weight and as a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism.