Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Red clover is a lovely safe herb with so many benefits, especially for us girls! The flowering head with the set of two Trifolium leaves underneath is used & is collected just before it’s fully open. They can be dried if need be.

This plant is rich in chemicals which act like estrogens, known as phytoestrogens. These make Red Clover useful in treating various symptoms such as hot flushes in the menopause, PMS/PMT if combined with Peppermint & ‘breast health’ especially combined with Dandelion root.

I use it for skin conditions like acne, boils, anything with inflammation & pus involved really. Combined with all or any of the following: Burdock root or seed, Dandelion leaf or root, Honeysuckle flower or Plantain leaf. The tea internally & externally as a wash or poultice will clear the skin & bring boils to a head. Any combination of the above will also reduce inflammation in bouts of chronic skin problems such as eczema & psoriasis.

Others use it to reduce cholesterol, I haven’t used it for this as I feel so much is food/diet related. I’m sure the benefits of this plant range far & wide though & as a food, there is little reason why we should not include it in our daily diets. It is something we can add to recipes in a variety of ways & certainly should while it is out in flower around us. You can toss the flowering heads into salads or make a syrup from them which compliments a pancake really well or just throw a few heads into a mug as tea, for that little nourishing/eliminating hit our body enjoys & doesn’t get from the weekly shop.

There are some precautions if you take it medicinally (high dose) over a long period of time, especially with it effecting estrogen levels within the body. Always consult a medical professional before taking any new herb, supplement or medication.

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