Alfalfa or lucerne (food Grade)
Plant Family: Fabaceae
Alfalfa is a perennial flowering plant, cultivated around the world for centuries as an important forage crop.
The word alfalfa actually comes from the Arabic phrase, al-fac-facah, meaning ‘father of all foods’ – in reference to its super-powered nutritionals.
What does it taste like?
Our Organic Alfalfa Powder has a bitter-sweet, earthy flavour.
Country of Origin: Turkey
Alfalfa is one of the most nutritious plants on earth, its leaves are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B-12, C, D, E and K. Alfalfa has also been found to contain all eight essential amino acids. It even contains fluoride which can help prevent tooth decay. Alfalfa is one of the highest fibrous herbs in existence and we are unable to digest its raw leaves.
The Alfalfa seed and leaf can be consumed in numerous different ways; in cooking or a smoothie, as a sprout or even made into a tea. Alfalfa comes from ancient origins and is one of the original food stuffs used by the Greeks and Romans. Today Indigo Herbs offers you the opportunity to utilise this cleansing organic whole food and make it a part of a balanced healthy diet.
Alfalfa is thought to have been first cultivated by the Persians who then introduced it to Greece when the Persian Empire invaded in 490 BC. From Greece the Alfalfa started to be used by the Romans in the 1st century AD. The Roman writer Palladius mentions it in his book ‘Opus Agriculturae’ and also alludes to its origin being from the Medes in ancient Iran. Since this time Alfalfa has been spread far and wide.
High in both fibre & protein, our Alfalfa Powder is packed full of goodness. Simply try adding 3g to your shakes, smoothies or juice for a nutritional boost.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This product is intended to be used alongside an active lifestyle and a balanced diet. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
I mix one spoon for each bar of soap made for a rich vibrant green colouring at trace. I have never had any problem with clumping of the powder. You could always extract a small container full of your soap mix, add the powder, mix until evenly distributed, and then add that to your main soap mix. What ever works best for you.
Alfalfa Skin and Hair Benefits
It is no secret that alfalfa is a magical plant that is rich in many nutrients. Its ability to treat different skin conditions and improve our skin from within is well known. People from all over the world use alfalfa to get glowing and healthy skin, both inside and out.
Dry skin is one of the most common skin problems that we face today. Alfalfa chlorophyll and its high Vitamin A content help to cure dry skin problem. It improves complexion and the texture of skin through the different nutrients that the body receives when consumed.
alfalfa has a high content of Vitamins like B1 and B6 as well as C, which are beneficial for the hair. Vitamins B1 and B6 are vital to make sure that your hair grows healthily. Vitamin C helps in improving the circulation of blood in the scalp and also with the antioxidant action that takes place in hair follicles. The Vitamin E in alfalfa increases the uptake of oxygen and this in turn helps in scalp circulation, which is important for hair’s proper growth and health.
Alfalfa contains minerals, such as calcium, zinc and iron. These minerals help in preventing and reducing the loss of hair. Zinc is known to stimulate hair growth. The iron present in alfalfa also helps in hair growth as iron deficiency may be one of the causes of hair loss.
Also, the chlorophyll in alfalfa acts as a natural cleanser for your skin. It cleanses the impurities from the body and fights off infections.
1 cup (33g) contains:
Vitamin K: 13% of the RDI.
Vitamin C: 5% of the RDI.
Copper: 3% of the RDI.
Manganese: 3% of the RDI.
Folate: 3% of the RDI.
Thiamin: 2% of the RDI.
Riboflavin: 2% of the RDI.
Magnesium: 2% of the RDI.
Iron: 2% of the RDI.
1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carbs, which comes from fiber.
Use one teaspoon of dried alfalfa leaves per cup of boiling water. Then, let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally strain and drink.
Alfalfa should not be used during pregnancy because it could stimulate uterine contractions and should also be avoided during breast-feeding. It may interact with some medications, including diuretics, diabetes drugs, anti-inflammatory medications and hormones, and it should not be used by anyone who has a clotting disorder or gout. Discuss alfalfa supplements with your doctor to decide if they’re appropriate for you.
A lot more information about Alfalfa can be found at Wikipedia
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