Botanical Name: Medicago sativa
- English: Alfalfa, Lucerne
- Ayurvedic: Vilaayatigawuth, lusan, lasunghaas
- Unani: Barsem
- Also, known as: Buffalo Herb, California clover, Luzerne, Mu su, Medica, Purple medic
Harvested: Cultivated, As a farm corp
Parts Used: Leaves
Alfalfa is also called as a Buffalo herb, is an extraordinary storehouse of vital vitamins and mineral and phytonutrients including vitamins A, D, E, K, and the full range of B; biotin, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, digestive enzymes, blood builder and chlorophyll. and. Also being very high in protein, especially when dried. No wonder Alfalfa is the superior herbal choice for vitality & well-being!
Alfalfa is a name everyone has heard, but few know much about it other than the fact that it's a plant. The alfalfa plant is primarily native to Asia, and is considered to be one of the first known herbs to mankind. It is often used for feeding animals as it has the highest nutritional value of all the hay/forage crops. The word alfalfa is derived from Arabic, specifically the phrase "al-fac-facah", which literally means "Father of all foods" because it is so rich in essential nutrients. Clearly, ancient ancestors considered alfalfa to be vital to their everyday lives. They used it not just for their own consumption, but to feed their livestock and to had better fertilize their agricultural lands due to its abundance of vitamins and minerals. Although it originated in Asia, it is now extremely common in the USA, Europe, Canada.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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