Red Clover, Red Clover, Bring Healing right over!!!! – Some cool herbal kid.
This is our first in this series and I’m pretty excited to talk about it. I absolutely love and am fascinated by plants. I want to share that knowledge with you guys and thought what better way then talking a little bit about certain fun and medicinal herbs every now and again?
Today’s herb blurb is about Red Clover Blossom.
Its a well known weed, commonly found in fields, roadsides, and yards.
It’s a delicious ingredient in herbal tea, adding a light, sweet flavor along with a ton of medicinal properties. It may be used in salves or balms and is traditionally used to support healthy skin.
In some clinical trials, red clover has shown to support a healthy menopause by reducing symptoms.
TRADITIONAL USES FOR RED CLOVER
Historically, Red Clover has been used for skin conditions, fever, colds, and lung issues especially in little ones. At one time, red clover was smoked as an anti-asthmatic. Seems a little counter productive if you ask me, ha.
MODERN USES FOR RED CLOVER
Energetics: sweet, salty, cool
Meridians/Organs affected: liver, heart, lungs
Part used: flowers, sometimes the leaf and flower combined
Properties: alterative, antispasmodic, expectorant
As an ALTERATIVE: Red Clover is used to assist the body in removing metabolic waste products. The blood-purifying properties are used on skin conditions like eczema, & psoriasis. A red clover tea is generally mixed with yellow dock to create a poultice.
As an EXPECTORANT & ANTISPASMODIC: Red clover can counteract fevers, inflamed lungs, and bronchitis. The flower is also used for inflammatory conditions associated with arthritis and gout.
RED CLOVER PRECAUTIONS
Do not use with pharmaceutical blood thinners or with the herb melilot (Melilotus officinalis). Red clover may increase the chance of bleeding. Because red clover side effects may include slow blood clotting, stop taking it at least two weeks prior to surgery, and avoid if you have Protein S deficiency or any other type of coagulation disorder.
HARVESTING RED CLOVER
As a general rule of thumb I like to leave enough red clover for bees and other furry friends who use these plants for food.
To harvest, simply pop the blossom off and leave the rest of the herb. This can be done up to 3 times.
FUN RED CLOVER HERB RECIPE
Red Clover Lemonade:
(This yummy recipe is from http://www.adventuressheart.com/2011/08/red-clover-lemonade.html)
Red Clover Lemonade
- 3 cups of Red Clover Blossoms
- 4 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups of lemon juice
- 4 tbsp of honey
- Boil the blooms in water for 5 -10 minutes
- Strain petals from water and add lemon juice and honey
- Stir and chill for 2 hours!
- Pour over ice and serve.
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