I use herbal remedies for many things on a daily basis. From homemade lotions, infused oils and salves, to teas and additions to my veggie smoothies, we use a lot of different herbs each day and of of my favorites is alfalfa.
I’ve personally seen the benefit of many different herbs, even in situations where medicine or conventional remedies didn’t work at all.
Many herbs also have very nourishing properties and can be used in special combinations in foods and drinks to improve the body’s absorption of those substances.
Each week, I’ll be profiling an herb and talking about its many uses…
To some of you, alfalfa may bring thoughts of a type of hay or a character from the Little Rascals, but Alfalfa is a powerhouse among herbs, the Pavel of herbs, so to speak.
Sometimes also called Buffalo Herb, or scientifically, Medicago sativa, Alfalfa means “Father of all Foods” and deserves its name! It contains a wide variety of minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, and trace elements. It is also a good source of Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting.
It also contains essential amino acids, which are not made by the body but must be obtained from food sources. Because Alfalfa is so easy to assimilate, it is used as the base in vitamins and supplements and it contains the highest chlorophyll content of any plant (in fact, it is used in Liquid Chlorophyll, which has a very high nutrient content).
Uses for Alfalfa
Cleansing the blood
Helping alleviate allergies
Aids in blood clotting
Promotes healthy digestion
Can easy morning sickness
Is helpful in reversing tooth decay and remineralizing teeth
Great source of Vitamin K so it helps improve Baby’s Vitamin K levels at birth if mom drinks during pregnancy (recipe for an herbal tea for pregnancy here)
Supports the pituitary gland
Supportive during nursing
Helps ease morning sickness
Helps ease gout
Aids with all forms of arthritis
Alfalfa is used in alternative medicine to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Its high concentration of alkaloids make it useful in reducing blood sugar levels.
It is also commonly used as a blood detoxifier and for any types of arthritis or joint problems. It is a great source of many nutrients and is generally considered safe for children, adults and pregnant/nursing mothers.
The one caution about alfalfa is not to use in combination with blood thinning agents or medications as it is so effective it can interfere or amplify the effects of these.
How We Use Alfalfa
In our family, we add alfalfa to many of our herbal teas, tinctures and to food. I make a tea for the kids with it by adding, Red Raspberry and Peppermint as a source of vitamins and minerals that they love to drink. (We buy it in bulk here)
We also drink a lot of Liquid Chlorophyll, which is a concentrated liquid of the chlorophyllins from the fresh alfalfa plant. We love this brand because it has a minty taste, and even the kids love to drink it. When the kids are sick, this is often all I can get them to take, and its purifying and detoxifying properties help them recover more quickly. Since it is so high in nutrients, I also don’t worry if they don’t eat as much while they are sick.
During pregnancy, I add it to my pregnancy tea (recipe here) and add it to herbal teas if anyone gets sick. Due to its mild flavor, I also add scoops of dried alfalfa to smoothies and drinks.