The seeds, leaves and stems of the alfalfa
plant have important properties - derived from the roots of the plant
which reach up to 12 meters into the subsoil and absorb the elusive
trace minerals from the depths. The most important of these trace
minerals is manganese, which is vital to the human digestive system in
its manufacture of insulin.
Alfalfa is an outstanding alkalizing food.
It contains 130 to 142 mg of alkali-forming elements in every 100 grams.
These make it a valuable remedy for several ailments. It is slightly
laxative, digestive, diuretic and serves as an excellent tonic. It
augments the peristalsis or movement of the bowels, improves digestion
and ensures better assimilation of food. Alfalfa builds up for a healthy
and vigorous old age and resistance to infection.
Alfalfa is used in many ways or forms. The
seeds are useful in the form of sprouts. They are delicious and
nourishing in salads and soups as well as in sandwiches. Alfalfa can be
used in the form of juice extracted from its leaves. It is also used
extensively in the form of tea, which is made from seeds as well as the
dried leaves of the plant. The tea is prepared by boiling alfalfa seeds
in an enamel pan with the lid on, for half an hour. It is strained,
squeezing or pressing the seeds dry, and allowed to cool. Cold or hot
water and honey may be added to taste before use.
Dropsy - An effective
diuretic, alfalfa acts gently upon the kidneys. It can be successfully
employed in the treatment of the inflammation of the bladder and dropsy,
a disease marked by accumulation of fluid in the body.
Heart Disorders - Alfalfa, in
the form of juice, has been found very effective in most arterial
problems and heart diseases. Only fresh leaves of the plant may be used
for this purpose. The juice of fresh alfalfa, however, is strong and
potent and is best taken with carrot juice. In this combination, the
individual benefits of each juice are intensified.
Respiratory Disorders -
Alfalfa juice, as a rich source of chlorophyll, is useful in respiratory
disorders and discomforts, particularly those relating to the sinuses
and the lungs.
Stomach Disorders - The seeds
of alfalfa, known as "king of sprouts", are of immense value in the
maintenance of health. Their daily use helps build up an immunity to
stomach distress. Alfalfa, in the form of tea, provides vital alkalizing
benefits for hyperacidity. It tends to control the flow of hydrochloric
acid, aiding the action of the gastric enzyme, pepsin. The addition of
mint to alfalfa tea helps settle disturbed stomachs after a rich meal.
It also refreshes the palate and makes an excellent morning drink.
Arthritis - Alfalfa tea,
especially made from the seeds, is of great value in arthritis, as it
helps alkalize the food residues in the body. Six or seven cups of it
should be taken daily by arthritics for at least two weeks.
Hair Disorders - The juice of
alfalfa in combination with those of carrot and lettuce, if taken daily,
helps the growth of hair to a remarkable extent. Such combination of
juices is rich in elements which are beneficial for the roots of the
High Blood Pressure - The herb
is an effective remedy for high blood pressure. it contains all the
elements necessary for the softening of hardened arteries, which
characterize high blood pressure.