Botanical Name: Red Clover: Trifolium pratense. White Clover: Trifolium repens.
Red clover’s sweet flavor and medicinal properties make it a wonderful ingredient for teas. A member of the bean family, red clover is used as a tonic in Chinese Medicine to treat colds and flu. It is very good at treating chronic and degenerative ailments.
Below is an overview of clover, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of clover.
Western Name: Clover (Red or White)
Also Known As: Bee Bread, Cow Clover, Trefoil, Wild Clover, Purple Clover, Trebol Morado
Organs/Systems: Hormones, Cardio System, Bladder, Prostate
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Anti-inflammatory, Detoxing, Alternative, Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Possible Estrogenic Activity, Expectorant. Helps prevent osteoporosis, menopausal hot flashes, PMS, promotes breast health, lowers cholesterol, reduces blood clotting, and arterial plaques. It also increases urination and blood circulation. Aids enlargement of the prostate and has been used to help quit smoking. Applied to skin to treat skin cancer, burns, sores, eczema and psoriasis. Fibroids, headaches, hormonal imbalances. Prevent strokes.
Pin Yin: Mu
Also Known As: Hsun Tsao
Meridians: Lung, Kidney, Bladder
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Cleanse Blood/Clear Heat/Remove Toxins: hot flashes, red itchy skin rashes,
arthritis, swollen glands. Reduce Inflammation/Relieve Pain: painful urination, spermatorrhea, chronic ulcers, bites and stings. Nourish Blood/Tonify Yin: dry mouth, constipation, amenorrhea, dry cough, sore throat, couch, and urinary tract infection.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Flower Tops, Leaf and Flower together
Flavors/Temps: Slightly Sweet, Bland, Cool
Caution: Pregnant or nursing women should not be taking red clover, as the effects of the plant’s isoflavones on fetuses and infants is not yet clear. It is also not recommended for anyone on blood thinning medications (coumadin).
History/Folklore: The name “trifolium” derives form the Latin words tres (“three”) and folium (“leaf”). Red clover is considered one of the richest sources of isofalvones, which are water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens. It is therefore high on the list for treating menopausal hot flashes, PMS, breast health, lowering cholesterol, and increasing urination and blood circulation. While early studies are encouraging, it is still inconclusive if, and to what degree, Red Clovers healing properties do in fact impact menopausal hot flashes, blood clotting, cardio conditions and cancer.
Red clover is used as a flavoring in foods and beverages. Red Clover can cause sterility and liver disease in some animals if they eat too much of it. It is grown as a fodder crop and tilled for green manure.
In Ancient China the plant was used as incense and burned at alters. It was considered a sacred plant by many cultures and thought to bring good luck, prosperity and health to all who wore it. In contemporary Europe, a red clover extract called Uzarin paralyzes smooth musculature. It is marketed as UZARA in drop and tablet form and is used to treat diarrhea.
Isoflavones, phenolic, and cyanogenic glycosides, salicylates, coumarins, mineral acids, volatile oil (with furfurol), sitosterols, starch and fatty acids. Caffeic, silicic acid, phytosterin, flavonoids (incl. genistein). Prateniol, resin, and tannins. Also high in Calcium, Chromium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Thiamine, and Vitamins C and B12.
Shamrock - Young Clover
In Irish iconography, the word “shamrock” translates to “young springs of clover”. It is the symbol of St. Patrick used to illustrate the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in the Catholic religion.
A Favorite of Bees
Beekeepers are in big demand from clover farmers since bees are the best pollinator for clover. Bees benefit from a favorite source of honey and farmers gain from the resulting clover yields that come from the bees pollinating their flowers.
To Be In Clover
“To be in clover” is to be living a carefree life of ease, comfort and prosperity. Most likely stemming from the fact that cows grew fat eating clover.
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