Medicinal Plants AlfAlfa Herb Medicago Sativa
Alfalfa is a sacred herbal medicine used for centuries. The plant species is scientifically referred to as Medicago 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. The herb has also 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. This herbal contains high amounts of protein and digestible fiber. This makes the plant species also great for feeding horses, sheep and goats. Other animals that benefit include rabbits, poultry, and human beings.
Medicinal Use For Human Beings
It is known by alternative healers for it's 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, this alternative healing tool was also
prized for dealing with arthritis and water retention.
A Tea made from it is suggested 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.
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
A company by the name of Monsanto manufactures weed killer 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. It's also interesting to know that people say this company has been reported to have infiltrated the FDA. Monsanto also manufactures aspirin, which is well known to hospitalize many people around the world year after year due to its ability to cause ulcers in both the stomach and intestines.
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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.