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ALFALFA, Medicago sativa

Alfalfa

One night at an herb class, a lady told us why she liked alfalfa. “It was the depression years. Most everyone got laid off at the mill that spring, and just as well, all that smoke and fumes. It about killed Pa. He coughed a lot, and he said his chest always hurt. He seemed weak and he was sick and hurt in different parts of his body and he had no appetite. Aunt Phyllis said she was sure Pa had tuberculosis. Ma tried to get him to go to the hospital, or at least to the doctor but Pa said we didn’t have the money and besides, he didn’t think the doctors could help him, ‘cause they hadn’t helped the other guys at the mill.”
“Pa’s old-maid sister, Aunt Afton, came to live with us. She had been a school teacher in a farm area. She said it wasn’t just the smoke and the fumes that made Pa sick. It was him not eat’n healthy like with fresh fruits and vegetables and all. Next day she came in with a flour sack full of fresh alfalfa hay.
She put a big pot of water on the stove and proceeded to put some of this alfalfa hay in it. She said was mak’n up some alfalfa tea for Pa, but we could all be healthier if we would drink some. Pa didn’t cotton much to the idea of drink’n tea made from hay instead of his coffee, but Aunt Afton raised a ruckus so we all started drink’n that alfalfa tea. It didn’t taste real good at first, but after awhile we kinda liked it. After a bet Pa didn’t cough so much and he got his appetite back and started eat’n better. It wasn’t long until Pa got well from his sickness and we all moved to the country. That alfalfa is really something.”
Most herbivorous animal eat this herb, so it must have a lot of good nutrition in it. It is very good for man also.

The alfalfa plant is the member of the pea family. It has roots that can go down more than a hundred feet deep. That is why there are so many trace minerals in it. Besides being a very good tea, alfalfa sprouts are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, and the leaf compressed into tablets contains a lot of chlorophyll. Did you know you can even make milk out of alfalfa (without the cow)? Alfalfa is one of the best sources of natural calcium that there is. Also, it is so easy to the body to assimilate.
Alfalfa contains about 8,000 I.U.s of vitamin A per one hundred grams and that’s a lot. Alfalfa is also rich in vitamin E. This makes alfalfa good for the heart ad good for the muscles. Alfalfa is a good source of vitamin K, ranking close to spinach, kale or carrot tops. This vitamin helps the blood to clot properly which protects the body against hemorrhaging. Alfalfa is also a good source of B6 (pyridoxine) which helps the nerves and the brain. Alfalfa is very high in protein. We have been led to believe that foods from animal sources are the richest sources of protein. If that is so, where did the cow get all of her protein? That’s right, from alfalfa.
When you talk to folks about eating fruits and vegetables they always come up with, “But where are you going to get your protein?” Here are a few comparisons from a health periodical on protein: Alfalfa is 18.9%protein, milk is only 3.3%, whole wheat is 13.8%, eggs are 13.1%, and beef is 16.5%. What a surprise!
I know a lady who had asthma and arthritis. She worked up to taking eight alfalfa tablets with each meal. In less than a year almost all of her problems, including the asthma, seemed to have disappeared.
Alfalfa is a tremendous alkalizer, which makes it beneficial to the kidneys and bladder, and to those who suffer from indigestion. It has the eight essential enzymes that are necessary for digestion. It is rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, silicon, sulfur, sodium and many other minerals.
If I could give just one herb to everyone to improve their health, it would be alfalfa.

 

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