LADY'S MANTLE, LION'S FOOT, BEAR'S FOOT
The leaves and flowering tops are
infused to make a centuries-old treatment, used both internally and
externally, for a range of conditions from laryngitis to bleeding gums.
The Latin name for lady's mantle comes from the Arabic for alchemy,
which hints at the medicinal value of the herb. Native to Britain, it is widely distributed across northern Europe. The plant is perennial, covered in soft hairs,
and has beautiful, lobed, kidney-shaped leaves. From early to midsummer, tiny yellow-green flowers appear in clusters on long stalks.
Leaves, flowering tops.
Astringent; stops bleeding from external wounds.
Given internally for diarrhoea and heavy periods. It is applied as a douche for leucorrhoea (excessive,
pale white vaginal discharge) and vaginal pruritis (itching), and used as a mouthwash for bleeding gums, and as a gargle for laryngitis.
Infusion for douche, mouthwash, gargle, tincture.