Alfalfa

Latin Name
Medicago sativa

General Description
The alfalfa plant, bearing blue and purple blossoms, is considered a nutritional supplement and a body cleanser. Its leaves, growing in groups of three, are thought to nourish the body by stimulating the appetite, acting as a laxative and diuretic and providing such nutrients as fiber, protein, calcium and vitamin A (beta carotene).

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Preparations
Over the counter:
Alfalfa is available as tincture, prepared tea, capsules, dried leaves, concentrated powder extract or sprouts.

At home:
Tea: 1 to 2 tsp. dried leaves per cup of water steeped for 5 to 10 minutes.
Nutrition: Sprouts or powdered alfalfa added to soups, salads or sandwiches.

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