Alfalfa name is derived from “al-fa-facah”, which means “father ofall foods” in Arabic. It is a rich source of proteins, vitamins and minerals and plays a pivotal role in the strength and growth of our bones and maintaining a healthy body. It also contains potassium, calcium, carotene, iron and zinc. It is a slim, bushy perennial plant belonging to the pea family and is a native to Western Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean. It is an amazing herbal remedy and its benefits include
The stem and leaves as well as the sprouts from the seeds are used by humans for nutritional consumption as they have high medicinal values and also have cooling, sweet and astringent qualities.
Alfalfa is available in many forms commercially such as dried leaf, health drinks and tea and also as a tablets, capsules and extracts.
It is also used in organic gardening, as a fertilizer, since it provides nutrients to the soil due to its nitrogen fixing attributes.
The juice of alfalfa leaves make s a refreshing and restorative drink and juice of alfalfa with carrot juice and lettuce juice is highly recommended for hair loss problems
Sprouted alfalfa seeds have high nutrition values and can be used in salads and sandwiches.
Alfalfa tea is prepared by boiling the seeds as well as the dried leaves of the plant in a covered enamel pan for about half an hour and then strained. Then hot water is added along with honey and lime garnish, it controls cholesterol in adults.
It helps in curing kidney problems and relieving fluid retention and swelling.
It heals whooping cough.
It prevents strokes.
It helps in cleansing the blood, liver and bowel.
It heals arthritis as it is rich in minerals needed for the formation and strengthening of bones and strengthens the immunity system.
It is known to reduce blood sugar levels.