Alfalfa tea is known for more than 2000 years and its benefits are shown by recent studies to be good in treating ailments such as kidney stones or arthritis.
Alfalfa: the plant and the tea
Alfalfa, literally meaning “the father of plants”, is also known as lucerne, holy-hay or trefoil.
It has a high nutritional content, and is best known for possessing A, B, C, D, E and K vitamins.
This plant has been originally used only as horse feed, but due to its nutritional benefits its usage has been extended to human consumption too. It proved to be a good soil fertilizer, especially a plant growth regulator.
As part of the human diet, at first, it was used to promote appetite and stop bleeding, but further studies have revealed many other health benefits.
Alfalfa tea is the beverage resulting from brewing the dried herbs.
Brewing Alfalfa Tea
To make Alfalfa tea:
- take the dried leaves
- soak them in boiling water
- steep them for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the quantity and flavor preferences)
Consumers described the taste of the resulting Alfalfa tea as refreshing and pleasant to drink.
For medicinal purposes, it is advisable to have 5,000 to 10,000 mg of alfalfa leaves steeped three times a day.
Another efficient way of intaking Alfalfa is through herbal supplements, like tablets or capsules.
Alfalfa Tea benefits
Alfalfa tea is successfully used to:
- lower cholesterol levels
- help keep calcium in bones and out of artery linings
- help lower blood sugar levels
- help in treatment of upset stomach
- alleviate kidney and bladder woes
- stimulate the immune system
- purify the blood
- carry intestinal waste out of the body
- reduce cancer risks
Alfalfa Tea side effects
Studies have shown that consuming Alfalfa tea, especially in high doses,could have side effects, such as: breaking down red blood cells, aggravating or even causing symptoms similar to systemic lupus erythematosus disease (SLE). The abovementioned tea is not recommended to pregnant or nursing women, and its administration is not advisable to children suffering from diabetes or autoimmune disease.
Alfalfa tea is a modern cure for a large array of diseases. It is also largely used as cattle food, due to its nutritional content.