Healing Properties of Red Clover
By: Tammy Page Many people now-a-days have forgotten that earth was created with the things we need to live. We were not meant to live in a synthetic world, but one of a natural state. One plant that is native to many places that I believe to be one of the perfect plants is the Red Clover. It has many medicinal properties and it is also very easy to find and harvest. It is also a great detoxifier. Red clover is a perennial herb that grows wild throughout Europe and Asia, and was naturalized to grow in North America. The red clover species vary in size. They grow from 20 to 80 cm in height and have several stems from one root. The flowers are dark pink or reddish purple.
Red clover is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin C. and rich sources of isoflavones. It has been used to treat or help with: cancer, whooping cough, respiratory problems, asthma and bronchitis (because it is an expectorant), anantispasmodic, a diuretic, it cleanses the liver and the blood, and helps with cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels. It is also used to treat: psoriasis and eczema, acne, colds, digestion, flatulence, infections, infertility, lymphatic swelling, piles, helps relieve menopausal symptoms, prostate health, and sore throats. There a variety of preparations for red clover such as; tinctures, teas, dried extracts, capsules, tablets, liquid extract, and ointments for topical applications. Red Clover Tea is typically made by adding 1 tablespoon of dried or fresh clover flowers to a cup of hot water. It is recommended to be taken three times a day.
Basic Red Clove Tea
1 cup dried red clover blossoms 2 tablespoons mint 4 cups water honey to sweeten Pour hot boiling water over red clover blossoms and dandelion leaves. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, strain and sweeten to taste.
½ to 1 cup of dried red clover is put into a quart mason jar. Boil 1 quart of water in Pour this water over the herbs until it fills the top of the jar. Put a lid on the jar or any other form of covering. Let steep at least 8 hours or overnight. Strain as needed, leaving the herbs in the infusion to continue steeping until all the tea is gone.
Dose may vary from person to person, but general guidelines are a child’s dose is 1/3 of the adult dose: Dried herb (used for tea): 1 – 2 tsp dried flowers or flowering tops steeped in 8 oz. hot water for 1/2 hour; drink 2 – 3 cups daily Fluid Extract (1:1): 1 ml three times per day; may add to hot water as a tea Powdered herb capsules: 40 – 160 mg per day, or 28 – 85 mg Tincture: 60 – 100 drops or 3 – 5 ml three times per day; may add to hot water as a tea Topical treatment: an infusion, liquid extract, or ointment containing 10 – 15% flowerheads; apply as needed unless irritation develops. No serious side effects have been reported in people taking red clover for up to one year. Some side effects can include headache, nausea, and rash. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take red clover.
Interactions with medications:
Red clover may interfere with the body's ability to process some drugs that are broken down by liver enzymes. For that reason, you should check with your doctor before taking red clover. Estrogens, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills- Red clover may increase the effects of estrogen. Tamoxifen- Red clover may interfere with tamoxifen. Anticoagulants (blood thinners)- Red clover may enhance the effect of these drugs, increasing the risk of bleeding. The same is true of herbs and supplements that have blood-thinning effects. As you can see red clover is very beneficial to your health. If taken regularly it can be used as a preventive medicine. I use it almost daily along with a few other readily found herbs. No doctor bills for me or my family. It is inexpensive or free in many cases and easy to store. I can pick enough on my land to last me all winter. I dry it for a few days to get all moisture out (if you don’t do this the whole batch will mold and be ruined) and then store in an airtight container in a dark place. Do not pick clover if you live within a few miles of a freeway or busy streets. The plants do pick up the pollutants left from car exhausts. We want the clover to cleanse you not pollute you. So, until next time take care and stay in charge of your health.