Alfalfa is a perrenial herb of the pea family which grows about two feet in height. It is native to many countries around the world. In the united kingdom and other countries it is more commonly known as Lucerne. It has very bright blue or purple flowers and corkscrew shaped seedpods. Its long roots allow it to survive in even the harshest of environments. The name Alfalfa comes from the Arabic al-fac-facah, which means, father of all foods. It has been used for centuries as a high-protein food source for cattle, horses, sheep and other livestock. Many people enjoy sprouting alfalfa for use on salads. To do this, simply soak your alfalfa seeds overnight in a jar. Strain the water from a jar, and then place it in a dark place for four days. Two or three times a day rinse and drain the seeds again. Once the little white sprouts begin to appear about the fourth day, after rinsing your seeds place them in the sun. Once the little sprouts turn green, they’re ready to eat. They are also great as plant food to enrich the soil
Magickally, if you burn alfalfa and scatter the ashes around the homes boundries, it offers protection from negative forces and entities. Weaving it together creates an amulet which negates poverty. In Healing alfalfa helps flush out excess water and as such increases urination and helps relieve bloating and water retention. It is useful in the treatment of urinary tract infections, kidney and bladder infections and helps to flush out toxins.
However Ingesting large quantities of seeds, which contain the amino acid canavonine, over a long period of time may lead to blood disorders and a weakened immune system.
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