Alfalfa Herb for Health

alfalfa Alfalfa Herb for HealthI use herbal remedies for many things on a daily basis. From homemade lotions, infused oils and salves, to teas and additions to my veggie smoothies, we use a lot of different herbs each day.

I’ve personally seen the benefit of many different herbs, even in situations where medicine or conventional remedies didn’t work at all.

Many herbs also have very nourishing properties and can be used in special combinations in foods and drinks to improve the body’s absorption of those substances.

Each week, I’ll be profiling an herb and talking about its many uses…

Enter Alfalfa…

This week: Alfalfa! To some of you, this may bring thoughts of a type of hay or a character from the Little Rascals, but Alfalfa is a powerhouse among herbs, the Pavel of herbs, so to speak.

Sometimes also called Buffalo Herb, or scientifically, Medicago sativa, Alfalfa means “Father of all Foods” and deserves its name! Alfalfa contains a wide variety of minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, and trace elements. It is also a good source of Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting.

Alfalfa contains essential amino acids, which are not made by the body but must be obtained from food sources. Because Alfalfa is so easy to assimilate, it is used as the base in vitamins and supplements and it contains the highest chlorophyll content of any plant (in fact, it is used in Liquid Chlorophyll, which has a very high nutrient content).

  • Cleansing the blood
  • Helping alleviate allergies
  • Aids in blood clotting
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Can easy morning sickness
  • Is helpful in reversing tooth decay and remineralizing teeth
  • Great source of Vitamin K so it helps improve Baby’s Vitamin K levels at birth if mom drinks during pregnancy (recipe for an herbal tea for pregnancy here)
  • Supports the pituitary gland
  • Supportive during nursing
  • Helps ease morning sickness
  • Helps ease gout
  • Aids with all forms of arthritis

Alfalfa is used in alternative medicine to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. The high concentration of alkaloids in Alfalfa make it useful in reducing blood sugar levels.

It is also commonly used as a blood detoxifier and for any types of arthritis or joint problems. It is a great source of many nutrients and is generally considered safe for children, adults and pregnant/nursing mothers.

The one caution about alfalfa is not to use in combination with blood thinning agents or medications as it is so effective it can interfere or amplify the effects of these.

How We Use Alfalfa

In our family, we add alfalfa to many of our herbal teas, tinctures and to food. I make a tea for the kids with Alfalfa, Red Raspberry and Peppermint as a source of vitamins and minerals that they love to drink. (We buy it in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs)

We also drink a lot of Liquid Chlorophyll, which is a concentrated liquid of the chlorophyllins from the fresh alfalfa plant. We love this brand because it has a minty taste, and even the kids love to drink it. When the kids are sick, this is often all I can get them to take, and its purifying and detoxifying properties help them recover more quickly. Since it is so high in nutrients, I also don’t worry if they don’t eat as much while they are sick.

During pregnancy, I add Alfalfa to my pregnancy tea (recipe here) and give high doses of alfalfa in herbal teas if anyone gets sick. Due to its mild flavor, I also add scoops of dried alfalfa to smoothies and drinks. I take liquid chlorophyll daily, especially during pregnancy, since we opt out of the Vitamin K shot at birth (we do an oral version instead).

Ever used alfalfa? Taken Liquid Chlorophyll? What herbs do you use?

Reader Comments

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  2. says

    Liquid chlorophyll is my favorite of all supplements.  A local herbalist recommended it to me during pregnancy because I have struggled with anemia my entire adult life.  LC makes me feel noticeably better and made my hemoglobin levels higher than I had ever seen them… 12.6.  I usually hovered between 10-11… as low as 8.6 (12 being the lowest # within normal range).

  3. jacey says

    You are a wealth of information. I just love your blog. Thank you for sharing! I don’t know how you get it all in in one day – all the herbs, vitamins, gelatin, etc… perhaps you could give a brief rundown of your daily regimen and include all a list of everything.

    • david says

      is takin g these herbs and spices bad for my health,can they cause reactions on meds,ulcers e ct .ive heard chilli is bad

  4. says

    How much would this help morning sickness? i suffer from hyperemesis and am currently pregnant.  I will give this a try.  Thanks. Any other ideas would be helpful too.  This is my fifth baby and my research over the years about this has had mixed results.  Thanks again. 

    • says

      The liquid chlorophyll was one of the only things I could get down in the mornings and it, along with the mint taste, really helped ease the nausea. I took about a tablespoon in water each morning

  5. Stephanie says

    I take a few alfalfa tablets everyday in hopes of beating fatigue and keeping my Ph balance just right. As I suffer from the Autoimmune Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease, I have to battle extreme fatigue and chronic pain. This powerhouse of nutrients is really good for my whole body. I’m always searching for natural remedies to accompany my daily regimen of prescription drugs. RA drugs are so dangerous so I need to do everything I can to protect my body from drugs’ side effects and damage.

    • Ann says

      This is so true because a bad doctor will give you medicines he know will kill you. Some of them don’t care if u live or die.

  6. Kari D says

    I’ve seen alfalfa seeds at my health food store. I was thinking of adding them to my daily oatmeal (which has chia seeds, goji berries, flax, nuts haha the list goes on). Would it have the same benefits or does it need to be the actual plant??

  7. April Grow says

    The more I look around on your blog, the more I love it! The day you reviewed the T-Tapp system I ordered it, and I’m loving it (I’ll post a comment on that page). They promote the use of alfalfa for skin tightening, water retention, improving varicose veins and dark under eye circles. I ordered their brand of capsules bc they are supposed to organic and contain no seeds. Also not heat processed, etc. It is supposed to be the best out there. Or maybe I’m paying through the nose unnecessarily :). I have loose skin on my belly from 6 kids so close together (including triplets). So I am trying this with her skin brushing system to improve that. We will see! Cheaper than a tummy tuck! They have a long description of alfalfa benefits on the product page in their shop.

    • says

      Their brand is good… if you can handle the texture, etc, you can also order powdered alfalfa in bulk from mountain rose herbs for a lot cheaper. It can actually be made in to a tea also…

  8. Anne Nolan says

    Sally Fallon of Nourishing Traditions disagrees. She says alfalfa causes a host of problems, low immunity being oe of them. What do you say to her claims?

    • Juli says

      Hi Anne, I was researching the same question, and it looks like most of the problems come with an extended use of the alfalfa seed (see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/19.html). Obviously, anything taken in extreme amounts and/or for long amounts of time can make a body’s natural system unbalanced. Liquid alfalfa (liquid chlorophyll), herbal alfalfa tea, capsules, etc. were not mentioned as linked to auto-immune problems, etc. in this report, just the seeds. So perhaps Sally’s experiences or knowledge of others’ experiences were mostly related to the taking of the actual seeds? In any case, I’ll be staying away from the seeds myself. The other forms, however, like liquid chlorophyll, which you dilute in water a Tablespoon at a time (and used in moderation), etc. seem not as threatening, and the wide variety of vitamins and minerals seem worth it for those in search/need of the benefits. All things consumed by the body should be done so with wisdom and understanding; most problems with natural substances (or any drug/food for that matter) happen when wisdom and prudence are not practiced in their consumption. Just a thought.

  9. Sara Davis says

    I’m curious about the brand of liquid chlorophyll you use — I bought the natures sunshine bottle like you recommended, but the second ingredient is methylparaben, which doesn’t seem like an ingredient you would support… Did I buy the wrong bottle? Is methylparaben ok?

  10. Olivia says

    I was curious if any of these benefits are also present in sprouted alfalfa? We eat tons of salads and these are a weekly addition.

  11. Karen Robins says

    Hi Katie,
    I noticed in this post about alfalfa that you normally take it in the liquid form. We do it in capsules, and I was wondering if taking it in tea would be more effective. Or does it matter? Thanks! I seriously love your blog and appreciate all the wonderful information you share.

  12. amandaaburgess says

    What’s the next best alternative to alfalfa? I’ve read multiple articles about how it can interact with birth control.

  13. Serenity G. says

    I just started alfalfa supplements tonight, after needing to remove toxins from my body, I heard it was excellent for that. Now realizing it’s great for all those other reasons too, brings more of a benefit to me. Having high cholesterol levels and being on RX medication for it, knowing that these new supplements could actually lower my levels, makes me very excited! Perhaps, I’ll be able to be off these RX meds some day! More people should know about the healthy effects of alfalfa.

  14. Lyle S says

    A guy I’ve known my whole life recently kicked a meth habit. He is about 51, so I can only assume how much damage it caused his body, in addition to what shape his body was in prior to starting the habit, or even how bad his diet was if apparently he thought doing meth wouldn’t cause significant enough harm.
    Either way, since getting past it all, he began to describe unimaginable pain all through his body, as if something were inside at eating away at him constantly. After trying an assortment of things, some of them you have mentioned, he finally settled on soaking in a bath full of ground alfalfa as the most beneficial, an also pain alleviating. He’ll do this for hours at a time and claims it makes him feel brand new. Seems to me like these other ways of getting alfalfa could be even better. He’s a bit resistant of change, but we’ll see if I can’t get him to consider these other methods, and with time he might pick up the practice himself.
    Go alfalfa!

  15. Carolyn B says

    My midwife just suggested that I start taking either alfalfa or liquid chlorophyll. Is there any concern about the copper in liquid chlorophyll? Is there a brand that doesn’t contain this?
    Thanks!

  16. Dawn Scanlon says

    I take Alfalfa supplements for Kidney stones. I have suffered with kidney stones over the years and have found that the alfalfa helps to break them down so they can be easily passed when urinating.

  17. Shef G says

    Can I give this to my 7 yr and 10 yr old? Can this cause early puberty girls? I am scared to give it kids due to concerns around this. What can I give to kids to increase height?

    • simian says

      I’ve heard that liquid chlorophyll actually prevents early puberty and it detoxifies the body of contaminants that lead to early puberty.

  18. Gigi Chanel says

    your blog is awesome. Thank you so much for all of your work. your page pops up all the time when I’m searching for herbs.

  19. Fiona says

    When you make the tea with the red raz/peppermint/alfalfa how much do you put in for each? Do you also drink this to help with lactation? Thanks!

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