Red clover has a long history as one of the medicinal herbs that has a pleasant taste and is purported to be a blood purifier. Red clover is an herbaceous perennial plant, (Tri folium pratense is the Latin name).
It is easily identified by its signature three-leaflet leaves. The name comes from the sweet-smelling pink or purple ball-shaped flowers this plant produces. It is also known as purple clover or sweet clover.
It can vary in size- as they grow from 20 to 80 cm in height. You will find red clover growing in open forests, field borders, paths and dry meadows. Of course, you can purchase seeds ( type the words red clover seed into the search box on the site) and grow your own in your garden if you choose.
It is a good source of many valuable nutrients, including vitamin C, niacin, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chromium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, silicon, as well as vitamins A, B-12, E and K.
You would gather red clover in summer when in it is in full open bloom. Take time to inspect the flowers for insects and make sure the place you harvested your blooms was not sprayed with any chemicals. To dry, lay the blooms in the shade on papers. Place in paper bags when dry and hang in a dry place or place in an air tight container.
Red clover is considered as one the herbs for menopause, because it contains a high concentration of phytoestrogens, which act similar to the female hormones in the body. It is used to treat hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms related to menopause. A research study done in Boston showed that when the subjects that drank red clover tea 3 to 4 times a day experienced a 56% reduction in the number and intensity of hot flashes as well as the related night sweats that can occur with menopause.
Other red clover herbal tea benefits:
- Anti bacterial
- Anti anxiety
- Appetite suppressant
- Breathing Disorders-bronchial problems
- Bone health
- Hormone Imbalances
- Promote wound healing
- Vascular Disorders such as hypertension
This type of clover tea should be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding, in women with some cancers or at high risk of some cancers due to the estrogen properties. Should not be taken if you take birth control pills. Do not take if you are allergic to aspirin. Red clover should not be consumed if you are on blood thinners as it may enhance the action of the drug.
Disclaimer: Please note that anything stated on this site related to health benefits SHOULD NOT be viewed as an endorsement, or misunderstood as an actual prevention or cure for illness or disease. It is strongly recommended that you always consult your physician’s advice before trying any of these products! Ingesting herbs can interact with medications and interfere with their effectiveness or cause an adverse reaction to occur.
Red_clover herbal tea recipes
1 to 2 tsp dried red clover or 1/2 cup fresh clover blossoms
8 ounces water
Steep about 10 minutes. Strain and add honey and lemon to taste.
Drink 3 to 4 cups a day
Red_Clover Mint Green Tea
1 cup fresh red clover blossoms
2 tablespoons fresh mint (spearmint or peppermint)
4 cups fresh hot brewed green tea
Pour already prepared hot brewed tea over red clover blossoms and mint. Brew for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten to taste. Serve hot or over ice.
Red_Clover Dandelion Tea
1/2 cup fresh red clover blossoms
Several dandelion leaves
8 ounces boiling water
Pour hot boiling water over red clover blossoms and dandelion leaves. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, strain and sweeten to taste.
Read about other herbal teas and Tisanes
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