Lady's mantle: use and effect of the "lady's weed
Women's mantle is a delicate plant, found almost everywhere in the world, with cup-like lobed leaves in which drops often collect in the morning. Lady's mantle has always been closely associated with ladies. Often used as a tea or tincture, the medicinal herb is said to have an adstringent, tightening, antispasmodic effect. The name lady's mantle comes from the fact that the leaves resemble a woman's flowing cloak. Already in the Middle Ages, healers discovered lady's mantle as a medicinal plant.
Statistics of the "Lady's Mantle"
As a medicinal plant, lady's mantle has proved its worth mainly in gynaecology; a teaspoon of dried lady's mantle infused with a quarter of a litre of water daily, or ten drops of lady's mantle tincture twice daily, are said to relieve menstrual and menopausal complaints. As a bath, poultice or wash, lady's mantle is said to promote the healing of boils or eczema and also has a slight skin-tightening effect.
Women's mantle also contains six to eight percent tannins. Tannins have an astringent effect on the skin and mucous membranes, which causes the upper tissue layers to contract and harden. Due to this effect, tannins from lady's mantle can seal small superficial wounds on the skin or the oral mucosa. In addition, the substances weaken signals from nerves in the skin and thus relieve itching.
Important note: Some people do not tolerate medicinal plants with a high tannin content, they react with stomach complaints or nausea. In this case, you should not use lady's mantle. Our pharmacists at Saint Charles Pharmacy Vienna and Berlin will be happy to advise you on further questions about lady's mantle.