Alfalfa Herb - cut, organic

Herbs: Alfalfa Herb - Cut

Common Names: alfalfa, lucern, buffalo herb
Latin Name: Medicago sativa
Origin: USA

Short Description:

Alfalfa herb has been called the “king of plants” since it is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals. It has 8 essential amino acids and the highest chlorophyll content of any plant. Alfalfa is used as a base in many combinations and vitamin formulas because it permits rapid assimilation of plant elements.

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

The name alfalfa means "Father of all Foods." It has been called the king of plants because it is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, and trace elements.

  • A good source of carotene (Vitamin A) and a little known vitamin – Vitamin K.
  • Has eight of the essential amino acids and the highest chlorophyll content of any plant. Note: Essential amino acids are not made by the body, but have to be supplied daily by our food or supplements.
  • Permits rapid assimilation of plant elements; this is one of the reasons alfalfa is used as a base in many combinations and in vitamin formulas.

Precautions: Avoid while taking blood-thinning agents.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Alfalfa herb contains natural chlorophyllins (the green coloring matter in plants) which degrade rapidly when the plant is cut. For example, compare the green color of uncut alfalfa to the brown color of baled alfalfa hay. This color change is due to oxidation of the chlorophyllins.

Modern technology has developed a way to extract and preserve chlorophyll before it degrades so that we may have its many benefits. The most common starting material is freshly cut alfalfa.

Alfalfa is an excellent herbal source of vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, and vitamin B-1.

Alfalfa herb is high or very high on the following nutrients:

  • Cobalt
  • Crude Fiber
  • Niacin
  • Protein
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C

  • From Our Reading and/or Experience...

    • Avoid using Alfalfa while taking blood thinning agents.
    • We use it often in tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be ground up, and used in capsules.
    • Alfalfa is a food, as such; keep it in the kitchen as all other food ingredients. We add it to dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts so as to add nutritional value to the dish without changing the flavor.
    • Alfalfa can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
    • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
    • As is the case with most herbs, Alfalfa should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is great, but certainly not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

    Customer Reviews

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    Which form of alfalfa is best?
    by Tammy on Mar 3, 2014

    My breastfed&some formula baby, has a loss in appetite lately. She eats solids also.
    She used to eat very well now she seems not to be interested in eating much.
    I was a less than diligent with giving her vitamins lately so I don't know if that's the cause.

    She's back on them now but I've read that alfalfa can help increase her appetite & is nutritious. I did a search for fresh organic alfalfa and this site came up.

    Which form is best for her to have if I were to buy?
    Thank You

      Re: Which form of alfalfa is best?
      by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 14, 2014

      Hello, I would recommend that you drink it as a tea, and your baby will get the nutrition from your milk. Thanks!

    Alfalfa tea!
    by Wendy on Jan 19, 2014

    I love it as a tea! I make it a tea on it's own or add a little to other teas. I have found a french press is great to make herbal teas! I really like the flavor and actually prefer it over green tea. Of course I add some raw honey.

    by Shasta on Jan 9, 2014

    Hi! I read your advice on not taking alfalfa while taking blood thinners. I use cayenne, garlic, and excercise as a substitute for presciption medications, as a doctor once advised me to find a natural way to control my health. Does the alfalfa interfere with these? Thank you!

      Re: Alfalfa
      by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 13, 2014

      No that would be fine to take, the alfalfa is a natural blood thinner. Thanks!

    Alfalfa Dried verses Undried
    by Ryan on Dec 29, 2013

    There are no loss of nutrients from dried verses fresh cut alfalfa. However oven or kiln dried will kill harmful bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration suggest these methods for storage and shipping. Bowman Organic Farms Ltd.

    Alfalfa tea equivalent Q
    by Elisabeth on Dec 16, 2013

    I am currently breastfeeding my 8 month old and am also over 6 months pregnant with my second child, praise the Lord! I am so grateful for this extra nutrition. I was wondering how much of the bulk alfalfa herb is equivalent to 6 alfalfa capsules (2.04 gr.)? I plan on making the alfalfa into a tea. Thanks!

      Re: Alfalfa tea equivalent Q
      by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 18, 2013

      I would recommend drinking about 3-5 cups of tea and if you feel like you need more then add on, but I think that should be about the same. Thanks!

    allergic to alfalfa
    by Karen on Nov 30, 2013

    I was wondering if it's possible to have an allergic to alfalfa when used in tea. I am allergic to alfalfa when it's being harvested (we're dairy farmers); and I noticed that when trying to fight off a cold several weeks ago I drank LOTS of "Be Your Own Dr." 's Cold/Flu tea and got a rash on the backs of my hands.
    After the cold was over, I stopped drinking the tea. My rash went away. The rest of the family is fighting a cold (or having colds) and I started drinking the tea again - only to have the same rash appear. So I stopped the tea and I'm waiting for the rash to go away.

    Has anyone else had this happen? Can I make the Cold/Flu Tea without the alfalfa?

      Re: allergic to alfalfa
      by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 9, 2013

      Although I haven't personally heard of anyone being allergic to alfalfa I'm sure it could be possible. Just for consideration, do you add anything else to your tea perhaps milk or a sweetner?
      The tea would be fine to make without Alfalfa, it just adds some great nutritional values. But I would recommend trying it without the Alfalfa and drinking it and seeing if you do or don't react and going from there. Thanks!

    Raw Grass vs Dried Herb
    by Kathleen on Aug 6, 2013

    I'm curious if there is a significant difference in the raw grass vs. the dried herb. My midwife told me to take alfalfa prior to birth so I bought the raw grass, it makes me feel great, but I'm wondering which preparation is most beneficial to me. Thank you for your help.

      Re: Raw Grass vs Dried Herb
      by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 14, 2013

      Hello, Just because it says raw doesn't mean its non-GMO or organic so make sure it's either grown locally or organically grown. However, fresh is always best!

    Alfalfa for young child
    by Sara on Aug 3, 2013

    I have read the benefits of using Alfalfa to help alleviate allergies. What would be the best way/dosage to give it to my 4 year old daughter?
    Thankyou in advance!

      Re: Alfalfa for young child
      by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 7, 2013

      There is no exact dosage. A good way would be to make a tea. Or you could use the powder and mix it with some applesauce or oatmeal. Thanks!

    by Heather on Apr 19, 2013

    my sister in-law once took this when her knee was sore, eventually it became well again. How come?

      Re: Joints
      by Bulk Herb Store on May 3, 2013

      Alfalfa is rich in many vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and calcium which work to keep bones and joints healthy and strong.

    by Sandra on Mar 24, 2013

    Considering the iron content of Alfalfa, would it be wise for a post-menopausal woman to use it?

      Re: Alfalfa
      by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 26, 2013

      I was not able to find any information concerning that so I would suggest either asking a health care practitioner or use at your own discretion.

    Why not?
    by Carrie on Nov 20, 2012

    Why are there advisories not to use alfalfa when taking blood thinners?

      Re: Why not?
      by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 22, 2013

      The high Vitamin K content in Alfalfa could, in theory, make blood thinners like Warfarin less affective.

    So much nutrition!
    by Lucie C. on Aug 22, 2012

    This is a wonderful product - so dense in nutrititon. It truly has worked wonders with my energy level and has also helped to alleviate Chronic Fatigue.

    I make tea with it and add it to our meals after cooking to keep us healthy. I also put it in our dog's food. (People frequently comment on how our 11 yr old JRT has the look and energy of a puppy.)

    So thankful that God created this little gem and am happy to have it very affordable here on the BHS website.

    Got my energy back!
    by Jill Farris on Jun 13, 2012

    I have eight children and have had several hemmorages at birth and after birth. My first baby's birth resulted in a lot of blood loss and I was prescribed iron to compensate for it. I struggled with fatigue and depression as I fought to take care of my baby girl. I remember one older mom telling me to "just get used to the fatigue: because it was part of young motherhood. I remember thinking "If this is a 'blessing; God...please don't give me anymore!

    For my fourth birth I used a knowledgeable home midwife who taught me about the benefits of alfalfa and liquid cholorophyll. I hemmoraged with this baby also but this time (instead of the prescription iron pills) I used alfalfa. I increased the amount daily and within just 2 weeks my hemotocrit was high and I felt full of energy and health. Even my mother (who was visiting) commented on how healthy and happy I looked.

    I praise God for alfalfa!

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