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Alchemilla is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the Rosaceae, commonly known as Lady's mantle. There are about 300 species, the majority native to cool temperate and subarctic regions of Europe and Asia, but a few species also present on the mountains of Africa, North America and South America.
A leaf decoction is used to treat sore eyes, sore skin and also staunches bleeding. An infusion is used to regulate periods.
Active ingredients: tannins, bitters and some essential oils.
The name alchemilla ("little magical one") derives from the dew which collects on it - dew being formerly associated with magic. The dew was used as a beauty lotion by country people. Nicholas Culpeper claimed that the juice of this plant could firm up sagging breasts, while pillows stuffed with it could bring on a good sleep. Modern herbalists use it to treat menopause and excessive menstruation.
These plants are used as a food plant by some Lepidoptera species, including Emperor Moth and Grizzled Skipper.
Some species, eg A. alpina, are used by gardeners in rock gardens.
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