Ladies Mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This gorgeous perennial is like lace on the border of your garden. For years I pondered the latin name, “Why is the the common plant of the Alchemist?” Rosemary Gladstar taught that the dew collected in the leaves could heal eye concerns and was potent magic. Loving the sound of that, kept pondering, “what else?” Years later naturopath Robin DiPasquale told me that the alchemists collected this dew to make their medicine. Yes! Water set out overnight collects prana, life energy, and dew is highly energetic. Thinking further, the water was very polluted in old England and the water collected from Alchemilla vulgaris was pure and energized, offering a source for medicines made by the alchemists.
Ladies Mantle spreads into larger clumps over the years.
PART USED: above ground parts and dew collected in the leaf cups in the morning.
FUNCTION: A wonderful astringent and plant used topically and internally as a toning astringent like raspberry leaf.