Alfalfa is grown worldwide, and has been used for health purposes in various cultures across the globe since 200 CE. This member of the tea family can be utilized as a tea, in soups or stews, or added to herbal vinegars.
Although it is commonly recognized as a food for livestock, alfalfa's health benefits are numerous. The first-known utilization of alfalfa has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine during the Han Dynasty, where it was used for digestive health and as an appetite stimulant, and is still served as a vegetable today. In India, alfalfa seeds have been used as a yellow dye or applied topically as a cold compress. Native Americans used the herb, known to them as "Buffalo Grass" by grinding it into a flour and adding it to their bread and gruels, in addition to eating the leaves and shoots.