Red clover. Red clover. Come on over. Red clover is especially useful for women with uterine problems and has been used for centuries as a uterine tonic. Red Clover can regulate the menstrual cycle. Red clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones and water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens.
These plant based estrogens help relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mild depression. Red clover can also be useful in the treatment of PMS, colds, flu, skin problems, coughs, bronchitis, arthritic pain, gout, and heart disease.
Use red clover in herbal teas and washes to treat skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, dandruff, and itchy rashes. The herb is good for all skin inflammation including bug bites and stings. Make a strong tea and apply liberally to the skin as a wash. Use two or three teaspoons of dried flowers to a cup of boiling water. Apply externally as needed and drink one or two cups of tea for best results.
Tests have shown that red clover may be useful in the prevention of breast, ovarian, endometrial, and lymphatic cancers. The estrogen like substances in red clover may also block enzymes thought to contribute to prostate cancer in men. When taken on a regular basis, red clover may help prevent these cancers from developing. Some scientists say consumption of plant estrogens like those in red clover contribute to the growth of cancer cells. Most herbalists say the plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) in red clover are safe and effective because they block receptors that usually absorb more harmful environmental estrogens. More research is needed.
Red clover is known to help prevent heart disease by lowering the levels of bad cholesterol and raising the levels of good cholesterol. Red clover contains chemicals known as coumarins, which may help keep the blood from becoming thick and gummy. This helps reduce the formation of blood clots.
Red clover is high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C. The pretty little round flowers may be added to salads, soups, and stews.
Red clover is often found in pastures, meadows, and along the highways. Flowering tops are harvested in summer and dried for winter use. They may also be used fresh.
The plant has a deep root system and can tolerate dry or wet soil conditions. Red clover is a short-lived perennial and is most productive in its second year. Red clover may be planted in full sun or part shade.
* Red clover should be used with caution by people with a history of breast cancer. Red Clover interferes with the efficacy of Tamoxifen. Do not take red clover with blood thinners. Red clover is very diuretic so always drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration when using this herb. Avoid fermented red clover. Do not take red clover when pregnant. Excessive use of red clover may increase the risk of excessive bleeding in some people. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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** Most of the articles in this online herbal encyclopedia were first published by the North Georgia News in a weekly column titled Every Green Herb (by Janice Boling).
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