Alfalfa is also known as Lucerne or Medicago Sativa. In the 1850’s Native American’s incorporated this herb into their medicinal practices, calling it “Buffalo Grass”. Today, most people are familiar with it as livestock feed prized for high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and proteins. For nearly as long though, humans have cultivated Alfalfa as an important medicinal herb.
Alfalfa was first used in China around 200 CE for digestive system support and to stimulate the appetite. Since then people around the world have found a variety of uses for this plant. It has been revered for its soothing and strengthening properties, used to stimulate the appetite and aid digestion, applied topically in cooling poultices, as a yellow dye, to create a flour for gruel’s and breads, and eaten as a vegetable.
Of all of the purported medicinal values and benefits attributed to Alfalfa, most research has centered around claims that it helps lower cholesterol. At this time the research on this claim looks promising, although there is limited support for these claims with humans and all of the studies have focused on eating alfalfa seeds. Many of the other traditional medicinal uses for Alfalfa do not have enough research to support their use for these purposes. There have been promising studies with animals that support it’s use in lowering blood sugar in those with diabetes, lessening the symptoms of menopause (I.e. night sweats and hot flashes), and acting as a powerful antioxidant to prevent damage by free radicals. More research is needed to verify these uses.
Alfalfa has a sweet, bitter, and earthy flavor.
Alfalfa is naturally caffeine free.
Teas are like people, each is different and there is no one way to prepare a cup. Use this as a starting point for brewing this tea as you explore its unique characteristics. You may find different times of day or moods, you like to use more or less tea, brew it for a different amount of time….Whatever you do, have fun discovering your perfect cup!
1 tsp/2.8 grams
8 oz/237 ml
Some teas are recommended for brewing with boiling water, while others are brewed at lower temperatures. Even when brewing a tea at a lower temperature, it is recommended that you first boil the water (to kill bacteria etc.) and then allow the water to cool to the correct temperature (ice cubes speed up the process). While you can certainly brew any tea with boiling water, it will change the flavor of the tea.
Grown in the USA
Consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
*This information has been provided for educational purposes only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.