Scientific: Medicago sativa [WikiPedia]
Appearance: Alfalfa can grow quite tall and has a deep root system, sometimes stretching more than 15 metres. This makes it very resilient, especially to droughts. Stems are round lower down, more or less angular towards the top, and usually smooth. The flowers resemble the clover in appearance.
Parts Used: leaves, sprouts, and seeds.
Common Uses: The plant alfalfa is rich in protein and minerals (such as calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon and zinc). In addition, it contains vitamins A, B1, B12, C, D, E, and K. Alfalfa is considered nutritive because of the protein and all the minerals and vitamins it contains. Alfalfa also has diuretic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These therapeutic properties are often used by holistic vets to help dogs with inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, bladder irritation, and even cancer.
Alternatives and Adjuncts: Dandelion, garlic, licorice, red clover and yucca
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PLEASE NOTE that herbal and other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.