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
Alternatives and Adjuncts: Dandelion, garlic, licorice, red clover and yucca
Topic Specific References:
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.
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