Alfalfa | Medicago sativa
What makes alfalfa one of the most nutritious plants on earth is its deep, wide-spread roots. Alfalfa contains powerful enzymes, vitamins C and K, as well as important minerals for the body (copper, manganese, and folate). The leaves from the alfalfa plant are rich in both chlorophyll and vitamin K, two necessary components to help prevent the onset of blood clotting. Several studies, including the one found here, have been conducted positively correlating that alfalfa can lower blood cholesterol levels.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: While the plant has properties that can be advantageous for the stomach and digestive tract, it can also be used while you are breastfeeding. Alfalfa naturally contains phytoestrogens, which have been linked to supporting the development of breast tissue and milk supply in women.
What It Looks Like: Alfalfa is a many-branched plant with square stems and leaves composed of three clover-like leaflets. Over their blooming period, blue to purple flowers will eventually turn into spiral-coiled seedpods. Alfalfa’s deep taproot brings up many minerals, including trace minerals, from the soil.
A mature alfalfa plant can be harvested at any time. Our More Milk Two tincture utilizes the alfalfa’s stem, leaf, and flower to bring breastfeeding mothers the unique nutrients in the plant.
Things to Know: Since alfalfa is high in vitamin K, it can cause blood-thinning medications to be less effective. With this in mind, it is important for anyone taking blood-thinning medications to talk to your doctor before making any big changes in their vitamin K Ingestion.