a note-my background is a ladys mantle leaf after the rain-found on google
Always good information here http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/l/ladman05.html
Lady's Mantle is found both in the wild and in cultivated gardens. It has a time honored traditional use as a women's healing herb. It contains salicylic acid and has sedative properties that help to alleviate cramps and painful menstruation. Mantle has astringent and styptic properties, on account of the tannin it contains. It is ' of a very drying and binding character', the old herbalists expressed, and was formerly considered one of the best
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vulneraries or wound herbs. Cuts, scrapes, and burns can be treated with skin washes of lady's mantle to prevent infection.
from here http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail101.php
below from here http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/ladysmantle.html
Growing Lady's Mantle
I have mostly grown culinary herbs because of their usefulness in the garden and the kitchen, but the longer I grow herbs the more I venture towards plants that are useful in different ways. Many herbs are suited more for crafts, herbal cosmetics and other uses. Lady's Mantle is one of those interesting and historical herbs!
By Brenda Hyde
Alchemilla has lime green leaves and dainty star shaped flowers, and has been in gardens since before the 16th century and I'm sure in the wild much before then. The entire plant is covered in very fine hairs that cause dew or soft rain to gather in it's leaves. This liquid was known as "celestial water" and used in alchemy. These tiny jeweled drops inspired poetry and magic over the years.
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.
(I really like the sound of this recipe-I am going to try this, once I find the ladys mantle)
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.
Click Here for Lady's Mantle Seeds or Here for potted plants.
About the author:Brenda Hyde is a wife and mom to three living in the Midwest United States. She is also editor of OldFashionedLiving.com.
and for a dye plant:
Boil leaves to make a green dye for wool.