Plant Medicine

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AlfAlfa Medicago sativa

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Historic Use


                 Alfalfa ( medicago sativa ) is a sacred herbal medicine used for centuries. The scientific name is not to be confused with mexican Sativa ;) The herb has also has acquired the common nickname of Lucerne. This herbal medicine has been cultivated and prized sense at least the era of both the ancient Greeks and Romans. Thanks to phytochemistry, we can understand how it does what it does.

Alfalfa herb has been grown throughout the world as a forage crop for cattle, or as hay or silage. Of all the hay crops out there, it has the highest feeding value. For the most part, it's used to feed dairy cows. It contains high amounts of protein and digestible fiber. This makes it great for feeding horses, sheep and goats. Other animals that benefit include rabbits, poultry, and human beings.

Medicinal Use


                 It's known by alternative healers for its high protein, calcium and mineral content. The plant is loaded with B vitamins, vitamin C, D, E, and K. For more than 1,500 years this herb has been used in the art of herbal medicine. Although herbal medicine is a natural form of healing, you should still consider precautions, interactions, and possible side effects before use. The ancients who utilized these tools were very knowledgeable of such things.

Even the ancient Chinese physicians used it to treat disorders related to the digestive tract and kidneys. Ayurvedic physicians used the plant for treating poor digestion as well. A cooling poultice can be made from the seeds and used for boils. In those times, it was also prized for dealing with arthritis and water retention.

It's used in the form of tea by herbalist for: lowering cholesterol levels, as a way to keep calcium in bones and out of artery linings, to help lower blood sugar levels, to aid in the treatment of upset stomach, in the treatment of arthritis and is used as a diuretic for conditions of the kidney and bladder. It's also used to stimulate the immune system and purify or detox the blood.

Cultivation


                 If you live in an area where droughts are common, this is an ideal crop for you. It can either be sown in the spring or fall and grows best in well-drained soils that have a ph of 6.8-7.5. The species requires adequate amounts of both potassium and phosphorus to grow well. When cultivating anything, it is best to use an organic growing medium. Cultivating this species can be beneficial for your soil as well. The species contains a bacteria in its root nodules known as Sinorhizobium meliloti, that has the ability to fix nitrogen. This means the it has a natural ability to increase nitrogen in soil.

Why Go Organic?

                 Growing organically is beneficial for both the plant, the person consuming the medicine, the earth, and all other life forms on the earth. Organic gardening is a very simple concept that involves using nothing but pure nature as the solitary source of food and nutrients for your garden. Remember the concept of "you are what you eat." This concept applies to your garden as well. If you consume what you grow, you are consmimg what they were fed.

More Than Just A Weed

                 A lot of people may see a wild flower and think of it as "just a weed." What these individuals fail to realize is that many of these "weeds" have great cultural significance around the world. The historic use of alternative medicine dates back hundreds of thousands of years, even in the time period of B.C. Now that you know the wide range of history surrounding this herb, it should be obvious that "weeds" are worthy of respect and life just as any other creature on the planet.


There are companies out there who manufactures weed killers and other poisonous and hazardous chemicals designed to destroy these sacred gifts. I think these products are also bad for the environment in general and contaminate the earth, including natural sources of water around the world. When you spread these chemicals, you're essentially destroying life as we know it.

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Other Resources:

Alfalfa.(Medicago Sativa) (2014, July 17). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:15, August 25, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alfalfa&oldid=617270964

Certain statements are of my own opinion, observation, conclusions, or memory from years of research. Facts refereced to Wikipedia are common knowledge. I have chosen to list them as a source regardless. No one associated with Wikipedia endorses me or my work. Contrary to the authoritative institutions efforts to censor information, a little research can disprove these false claims. If you check out the sources cited you'll notice a wide range of academic journals, and other links to .edu domains of educational institutions.

Note: The medicinal properties of Medicago Sativa, as well as other herbs used in natural healing practices are all possible due to phytochemicals the plants produce. This is what gives them the properties which makes them useful as medicine.


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