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Alfalfa

My Herbalist’s Journey is a fascinating one, especially my First Encounter with the Alfalfa Herb.

As an herbalist, I’m always eager to explore the vast world of medicinal plants and discover their unique properties. My name is Zola Kojo, and I’m a master Herbalist. My first experience with the alfalfa herb left me thoroughly impressed by its remarkable qualities.

Alfalfa, scientifically known as Medicago sativa, is a perennial flowering plant belonging to the legume family. With its deep roots and vibrant green leaves, alfalfa has been used for centuries as a nutritious feed for livestock. However, it was only when I delved deeper into the plant’s medicinal properties that I truly understood its potential.

Upon my first encounter with alfalfa, I was struck by its rich, earthy aroma. As I carefully examined the leaves, I noticed their delicate texture and vibrant green color. Intrigued, I began researching the herb’s traditional uses and modern scientific findings.

I discovered that alfalfa is packed with an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as minerals like calcium, potassium, and iron. These nutrients work together to support overall health and well-being. Alfalfa is also a rich source of chlorophyll, known for its detoxifying properties and ability to support healthy blood production.

As I continued my exploration, I became excited by my findings and decided to incorporate alfalfa into my herbal remedies. I experimented with various preparations, including teas, tinctures, and even adding fresh alfalfa sprouts to my salads. The results were astounding. I noticed improvements in my digestion, increased energy levels, and a general sense of well-being.

One of the most remarkable aspects of alfalfa is its versatility. Whether taken as a supplement, brewed as a tea, or enjoyed as a nutritious addition to meals, alfalfa offers a wide range of health benefits.

As an herbalist, my first encounter with alfalfa opened my eyes to the incredible potential of this unassuming herb. Its nutrient-dense profile, combined with its traditional medicinal uses, makes it a valuable herb in promoting optimal health and wellness.

So, as flowers begin to blossom and animals come out of hibernation, one special herb to keep in mind this beautiful spring season is Alfalfa. Some people shy away from smelling the flowers during Spring because they suffer from allergies. More and more people each year are starting to be affected by the pollen released by trees, plants, and weeds. Instead of resorting to over-the-counter medications such as Claritin or Benadryl or simply avoiding all the beauty nature has to offer altogether by staying indoors, why not try another method first? Simply try brewing a tea with Alfalfa.

The word ‘Alfalfa’ translates to ‘father’ in Arabic, which is well-suited considering it is also known as ‘The Father of all Foods.’ Some may infer that Alfalfa translates to the word ‘father’ due to its impressive natural ability to solve many problems within the human body. Alfalfa acts like an antihistamine, stimulates the immune system, and is a great candidate to treat allergies. It can be used to alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, sinus congestion, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Alfalfa can even help with asthma.

Alfalfa isn’t just good for treating seasonal allergies; it’s also beneficial for the stomach and blood. It aids in the absorption and digestion of food, helps with weight gain, and addresses various conditions such as prostate inflammation, kidney and bladder issues, high cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes, insomnia, regular bowel movements, increasing milk supply for nursing mothers, and more.

Research has shown that Alfalfa can lower high blood pressure and decrease menopausal symptoms, such as cramping. Today, Alfalfa can be found in the form of tablets or capsules, but alfalfa sprouts are more frequently consumed. Every part of the Alfalfa plant is used to make herbal supplements, making it a great way to get essential vitamins and minerals like amino acids, chlorophyll, and fiber.

In Ancient Medicine, Alfalfa was used to treat kidney issues and digestive diseases such as gallstones, acid reflux, and celiac disease. Alfalfa tea is great for calming the nerves due to its high mineral content. One of the best ways to use Alfalfa is to make an infusion, in which the herb is simply infused in hot water. Alfalfa is used as one of the ingredients in many of our Herbal blends here at Zola’s Original Herbal Remedies.

Here’s how to make Alfalfa tea using specifically Alfalfa leaves:

What you’ll need:
– A quart (32 oz.), sealable mason/preserving jar (preferably made of glass)
– 1 ounce of cut & sifted Alfalfa leaf
– Pot or electric water boiler to bring 16 fl. oz. of water to a boil

Instructions:
1. Place plant material into a pint jar and pour 16. fl. oz. of boiling water into the jar (make sure all plant material is submerged)
2. Give content a good stir, then cap and seal the jar
3. Allow plant material to infuse for at least 8 hours or overnight
4. Strain off plant material and discard (compost if possible); the infusion is now ready for serving

Standard usage:
Drink 32 oz. throughout the day. You can drink this nourishing infusion daily; this infusion should be consumed within 36 hours at most.

Alongside comfrey, oat straw, horsetail, and various seaweeds like kelp, alfalfa

Precautions and Contraindications: Long-term use might cause reactions similar to the autoimmune disease called lupus in some people.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Using alfalfa in amounts larger than what is commonly found in food is possibly unsafe during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

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