One of the more popular forms of clover is red clover
and the benefits of drinking red clover tea have been known for many years.
Unlike some other blends, red clover is a tea that has elements that can
work for both men and women. In some situations it has been
recommended to women and in other situations has been
recommended to men for other problems.
Clovers and especially the red ones have bioactive components: calcium, lecithin, chromium, magnesium, potassium, silicium, vitamins A, E, C, B2, and B3.
The edible flowers are slightly sweet. You can pull the petals from the flower head and add them to salads throughout the summer.
A few tiny florets are a delightful addition to a summer iced tea:
serve your summer guests a cup of iced mint tea with a lemon slice and five to ten
tiny clover florets floating on top.
The raw greens of this plant are very nutritious, but like other members of the legume family
(beans, peas), they are somewhat difficult to digest. The leaves are best enjoyed dried and in tea
form to get the nutrients and constituents without the side effects of gas and bloating common to eating legumes.
Red clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones
(water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).
It is used for hot flashes, PMS, lowering cholesterol, breast enhancement and breast health,
improving urine production and improving circulation of the blood. It is also used to help prevent osteoporosis,
reduce the possibility of blood clots and arterial plaques. The plant enjoys a history of both topical and internal applications. As a topical aid, red clover is often an ingredient in liniments and balms, for relieving the pain of both eczema and psoriasis, for sores, burns, and as an aid against skin cancer.
Red clover is also used to treat respiratory issues such as asthma and bronchitis.
Red clover has long been used as a “blood purifier,” specifically for the potential treatment of cancer.
The flower is a mainstay ingredient in traditional herbal formulas,
including Essiac Tea, Jason Winters Tea, and the Hoxsey Therapy.
Fomentations and poultices of the herb have been used as local applications to cancerous growths.
For cases of thrombosis and other conditions in which thick blood obstructs vessels,
red clover tea may be of benefit. However, for those who are taking blood-thinning medications,
adding red clover to the mix can be a bad idea because it is a blood thinner.
One of the things that red clover tea is most known for is that it helps to clear the blood vessels and
reduce the amount of plaque that can build up around the heart. This means that it
reduces the instances of clogged arteries and can help prevent heart disease and heart attacks.
It will clean out the blood of plaque and toxins and improve the flow of blood throughout the body.
This means the heart will not have to work as hard to pump blood which also lowers your blood pressure.
It has also been known to help reduce inflammation and protect the body against infection.
Red clover can also help you kick the smoking habit, just chew on the fresh flowers.
If you have a condition that prohibits you from taking estrogen supplements or blood thinners, you probably shouldn't take red clover either.
Red Clover Tea
1 tbsp. fresh or dried flowers
1 cup boiling water
Pour the water over the flowers and allow to steep for 15 mins.
Strain and enjoy
Red Clover Vinegar
Enough clover flowers to fill a jar
Use vinegar that is at room temperature. Pack a jar with red clover flower heads and cover with vinegar.
Store in a cool dark place and turn once a day for two weeks. Leave to stand for a further week, then use.
You can strain the vinegar or leave the flowers in it for a more intense flavor.
Red Clover Salve
2 cups olive oil or any light oil (olive lasts longer)
3/4 cup red clover flowers.
Mix together and place in widow for a week
Strain out herbs. In separate pan or bowl if using microwave, melt 2 tsp. beeswax 1 tsp. cocoa butter or lanolin.
Add to the infused oil and stir until cool. If you wanted to make this antibacterial, you would add a few drops of tea tree or thyme essential oil when it cools.