Ladys Mantle is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows in mountainous regions, forests and pastures between April and August. It has semicircular leaves and small, yellowish green flowers. The herb has been reputed to be a very beneficial for women and has been prescribed by herbalists for treating menstrual cramps. 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 is a rich source of tannins, flavonoids, salicylic acid and mineral salts. It has potent astringent properties and since centuries been used by European folk healers for many generations. Extracts from the herb have been used to stop both internal and external bleeding and have been used to heal wounds. It is also effective in cases of excessive menstrual bleeding and cramps. It is said to have a beneficial effect on hormonal levels and is recommended in cases of amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) and menopausal disorders. The high salicylic acid content is useful in treating inflammation and fevers.