Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) is an herb that has traditionally been used in the treatment of painful periods and heavy menstrual flow. Suffering from abnormally excessive menstruation (menorrhagia) or extremely heavy bleeding with your period can lead to symptoms of anemia due to all of the blood loss.
Symptoms of anemia might include:
- shortness of breath
- increased heart rate
This can happen with extremely heavy flooding during menstruation, a long period of menstruation that goes on for days or weeks, and it can also happen if you have excessively heavy flow every month. Of course the longer you keep bleeding and the more blood you lose, the more severe your symptoms will be.
It’s important to discuss your symptoms with a primary care provider you trust in order to get your bleeding under control. Providers might do blood tests, such as checking your iron levels which tend to decrease with blood loss.
Benefits and Properties of Lady’s Mantle
Lady’s Mantle is an excellent herb to have on hand in case of excessive menstrual flow. It contains tannins which give the herb astringent properties. This means that the herb tightens and tones tissues and has a drying effect. This makes it a beneficial herb for bleeding problems and especially useful for women suffering from too much menstrual bleeding. It helps to stem the heavy flow of excessive menstruation. It also helps with the pain of menstrual cramps due to it’s anti-inflammatory effects, and it helps regulate the menstrual cycle.
Lady’s Mantle pairs really well with other herbs to help curtail heavy flow. Pairing it with herbs like Shepherd’s Purse, Yarrow, or Red Raspberry Leaf might be beneficial to try. Some herbalists combine these herbs when dealing with menorrhagia.
Where to Buy Lady’s Mantle
Lady’s Mantle may be purchased online at amazon or at iherb. You can also check your local health food store. Tincture form is probably best for quickest results and convenience, but it is also available as the dried herb. This can be used to make a nice cup of tea.
As always, it’s important to discuss your signs and symptoms with a qualified herbalist or primary care provider you trust before taking any herbs especially if pregnant, nursing, or on any medication.
Do you use Lady’s Mantle? Have you ever suffered from heavy menstrual flow? Please let me know in the comments 🙂