Growing Lady's Mantle
Growing Lady's Mantle
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The herb became known as Our Lady's Mantle because the scalloped shape of the leaves, were thought to resemble the mantle (cloak) of the Virgin Mary. Later, politics intervened, and the "Our" was taken from the name.
Lady's Mantle can be planted from seeds or by purchasing plants. The seed will germinate in the garden, but will take up to 2 years to flower. The plants can be divided in the spring or fall and are hardy in Zones 4-8 and possibly Zone 3. It will grow from 6 inches for the alpine variety to about 12-18 inches on the others. Space about 12 inches between plants. Lady's Mantle needs a fertile soil and some moisture-more than the standard herbs. It can be in full sun in northern climates, but can tolerate some shade and in the warm climates prefers it.
Lady's Mantle can be invasive if left to seed. But the flowers can be dried and used in crafting, so always make sure you harvest those before they form seed. The leaves can be used in teas and infusions for cosmetic purposes. I hesitate to recommend it for medicinal and internal uses because there is a strict warning for pregnant and nursing women. However, cosmetically it's soothing to the skin and can be used as follows:
Lady's Mantle Hand MoisturizerYou'll need:
2 Tbsp. finely ground oatmeal
1Tbsp. lady's mantle infusion* see note
1 tsp. avocado oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. glycerin
Mix all to form a smooth paste. Apply to your hands at bedtime. Leave on for about a 1/2 hour, wash off and moisturize as usual with lotion. Note- an infusion is simply a very strong tea made with boiling water-allow it to "brew" for 15-20 minutes.
Herbal Bath VinegarMix lavender, lady's mantle leaves, rose petals with cider vinegar and allow to sit for 2-4 weeks. You can use this as a facial tonic or a bath additive.
Herbal Facial SteamAdd a couple handfuls of lady's mantle, mixed with burnet, violets, borage or lavender to several cups of boiling water and use it as a facial steam. Bring it to a boil and stir with a plastic or wooden spoon, then tent your head with a towel at least 18 inches above the pan or bowl. Gently dry your face with a soft towel afterwards and use a nice moisturizer.