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"Let food be your medicine" - Hippocrates
|Healthy Drinks - Tea|
Tea name: Alfalfa Tea
Also known as: Lucerene, Medicago sativa, purple medic
Alfalfa, now a cultivated plant, grows like a weed and looks like clover. It is from the pea family and is Native to Asia.
It has not been in the United States for very long. It was cultivated by the English and arrived in the America's via colonization.
It is now a valuable forage crop that is used to fatten livestock but is also credited for its medicinal uses.
The tea is made from the leaves of the plant. It can also be found in capsules, extract, raw and dried form.
This plant can even be grown in your own garden for a fresh source of nutrients and vitamins.
The raw plant can be added to salads and sandwiches for an extra crunch. You can even dry the plant yourself and make your own tea.
Home Remedies using Alfalfa Tea
Benefits and Uses of Alfalfa Tea
Alfalfa has a long history of use by both man and animal as food and medicine. It was called "the father of all foods" by ancient Arabian peoples. Alfalfa was mentioned by the Romans and was used for feeding horses. The Chinese used the tea for digestive problems.
This plant is so versatile that it can be used as a fertilizer for other plants especially Roses. It is a natural source of nitrogen and can improve plants around it.
Today we know alfalfa contains vitamins D and K along with potassium and calcium.It also contains vitamins C, E, protein, and iron.
Alfalfa contains fiber that can help with digestion. It has some laxative qualities that can help with weight loss and water retention.
Drinking this tea is known to help with cholesterol.
Alfalfa leaf tea is thought to help with blood sugar levels and could be helpful for people that need to regulate their sugar levels like with diabetes. It is thought to stimulate the immune system and promote appetite.
It has anti-inflammatory qualities and is also thought to help with bone strength making it a choice for those that have arthritis.
The plant is rich in chlorophyll which helps with the production of blood. It is said to help clear and cleanse the blood. It has been used to help detoxify the system during treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.
If you would like to add more healthy items to your diet this tea would be a good option because it is so rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Alfalfa leaf tea has a strong taste that can be lessened with other flavorings, and mixed with other lighter flavored teas.
Side Effects of Alfalfa Tea
Do not make tea with alfalfa powder.
Avoid use if pregnant or breast feeding. The seeds may cause miscarriages.
Is an immune system booster and may adversely affect those with immune system disorders.
May interact with other drugs like blood thinners.
Please consult with a doctor or herbalist when starting any new herbal regime.