Alfalfa is more than just a food for cattle. Indeed, the health benefits of alfalfa have been used around the world for almost 1500 years. It has long been used as an herbal remedy for numerous ailments and illnesses.
We personally use an organic alfalfa formulation that has been around for over 50 years. It is made with a little bit of spearmint, which gives it a yummy taste when crushed or made into a tea. [view Alfalfa product page]
I suppose you could go out and buy alfalfa sprouts, but you would not get nearly the benefit or quick results as you do from taking it in a concentrated supplement form. The concentrated tablets we use are made from the chlorophyl-rich leaves.
Two Main Alfalfa Benefits With Kids
Since our kids were born, we have used alfalfa most often as an aid for congestion and stuffy noses. I can give it to my stuffy-nosed child at dinnertime and know that they will sleep better that night. That’s how fast it works when you give the right amount.
Also, when our kids have an injury or bite that involves swelling of any kind, I grab large doses of alfalfa and vitamin-C. These two nutrients work together as a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine. No more Benadryl® needed in our home!
Other Alfalfa Benefits Include:
- strengthening kidney function
- cleansing the blood/aid in detox
- regulating glandular function
- replacing lost minerals/aiding mineral balance
- reducing water retention
- helping skin to heal
- relieving sinus pressure
- reducing effects of allergies and asthma
How To Give Alfalfa Tabs to Kids
Prior to swallowing the tablets whole, our kids would take them crushed and mixed in applesauce or yogurt. We simply use a mortar and pestle to do the trick. Other families I know use a coffee grinder to do the same thing. I’m a big believer in teaching my kids about nutrition and how to take what their bodies’ need, so I like that they can do the vitamin crushing themselves.
The alfalfa we use is also safe enough (free from contaminants) to give to little babies. Most over-the-counter cold remedies are not even available to really young ones, so alfalfa makes a powerful addition to a home medicine cabinet. A great, safe way to bring relief to little noses!