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Alfalfa is a flowering plant that belongs in the pea family. It grows about 3 feet tall and its roots can reach as far as 15 feet below the ground. Because of its deep root system, the alfalfa plant is rich in nutrients. It contains vitamins C, E, and K, beta carotene, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, chlorine, phosphorus, silicon, and manganese. Alfalfa also contains 8 essential amino acids and is a good source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber, and protein.
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The health benefits of alfalfa tea have been known for many years. In early Chinese medicine, it was used to treat digestive tract problems and kidney disorders. Drinking alfalfa tea can improve peristalsis (movement of the bowels), making it a wonderful herbal remedy in treating gas and constipation. It promotes appetite, aids in digestion, and can help in weight gain. It is also used in the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI), kidney stones, and inflammation of the bladder.
Relieving arthritis pain is another benefit of alfalfa. Arthritis is often caused by the blood being too acidic and alfalfa will help neutralize the blood, thus helping in the treatment of arthritis.
Other benefits include:
- lowering cholesterol levels
- detoxifying the body
- promoting blood clotting
- lowering blood sugar levels
- boosting the immune system
- lowering high blood pressure
- increasing breast milk production
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Preparing Alfalfa Tea
Preparing alfalfa tea with leaves:
• Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of dried alfalfa leaves, cover, steep for 10-15 minutes, and strain.
Preparing alfalfa tea with seeds:
• Add 1 teaspoon of crushed alfalfa seeds to 4 cups of water, boil for 30 minutes, and strain.
It is recommended that you do not use alfalfa powder to make tea because it may cause lupus-like symptoms.
To enjoy the health benefits of alfalfa tea even more, add a little mint or lemongrass to it.
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Image by Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS (image in the public domain).
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