Also known as lions foot, it is a common wild plant that readily grows in Britain and Europe. The whole aerial parts are used orally as a medicine, and the root is used in topical preparations. It gets its name from a Middle Ages dedication to the Virgin Mary as it was seen as a herb for women of all ages.
Medicinal Properties of Lady’s Mantle
This herb contains a 6%-8% tannins consisting of glycoside, ellagic acid. It also contains some salicylic acid. It is a powerful astringent and styptic (stops bleeding), as well as having haemostatic and regulating effects of female hormone health.
Lady’s Mantle Herbal Remedies
Historically Lady’s Mantle has been used to treat a number of conditions including:
Colitis (with bleeding)
Excessive or heavy menstruation
Leucorrhoea (vaginal discharge -topically or as a douche)
Non-menstrual bleeding of the womb between periods
Pruritis vulvae (vaginal itching – topically or as a douche)
Stomach and duodenal ulcers
Vaginal thrush – (topically or as a douche)
Other Lady’s Mantle Information
It is sometimes available as a loose herb and can be infused and made into tea. It is also found combined with herbs like agnus castus in formulas for female health. A qualified herbalist will be able to make other Lady’s Mantle preparations including tinctures, creams and ointments. You can also use the Lady’s Mantle leaves and toss them into a salad.
Side Effects of Lady’s Mantle
Lady’s Mantle should not be used during pregnancy
At the time of writing there are no well-known side effects, drug interactions or contra-indications.