Latin name: Trifolium pratense
Red Clover is often compared to Alfalfa Leaf for the nutritional punch it packs. It is an all around good preventative and blood purifier and one of the best herbs for detoxification as well as for respiratory issues. Health benefits include:
- Is great as a sedative as it relaxes the nerves and calms the entire system.
- Eases chronic chest complaints such as coughs, colds, and bronchitis.
- When used externally is can be used for psoriasis, eczema, sores, and acne.
- Great for liver health as it is a known blood purifier, and helps to remove toxins.
- Contains bitter compounds that increase the production of digestive fluids and enzymes, especially bile. These compounds also help to shrink inflammation and relieve pains.
- Has been used to treat cancer, and is often used in anti-tumor formulas.
- Treat rheumatism, jaundice, arthritis, and muscle cramps.
Can help to promote healthy menstrual flow.
Nutritional Benefits of Red Clover
- Contains many nutrients including calcium, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, and niacin.
- Contains good amounts of Vitamin C.
Contains isoflavones, which are estrogen-behaving chemicals found in plants.
How to Use Red Clover
- Often used in tea and tincture combinations. It makes a delicious tea.
- Can be added to many dishes such as salads, soups, etc..
Can be used externally as a poultice.
Cautions and Side Effects of Red Clover
- Do not use internally during pregnancy.
- Do not use if you are taking anti-coagulant drugs or if you have thin blood (like hemophiliacs).
- Safe for children.