THE BENEFITS OF RED CLOVER

 

Red clover is one of those wistful weeds that most people know by sight. Dotting the tableau of many-a-childhood memory, this common and comforting flower can be found everywhere— nodding its magenta head from roadsides to hilltops alike. Despite its widespread notoriety, most people don’t realize that red clover is also an incredible medicinal plant. This resilient flower cleanses, supports, and regulates your body in the most gentle of ways.  As an “alternative,” red clover helps to breakdown metabolic toxins and rid the body of recirculating “gunk.”

 

Historically, the sweet blossoms were drunk as a tea during fasting and cleansing. Red clover is also magnificently nutritive, the flowers contain such essential minerals as calcium, magnesium, and potassium—as well as vitamin C. This healing plant would be a great addition to any spring or summer detox; simply clip the blooms and let them infuse in hot water for at least 20 minutes.

You also might find that your complexion improves — red clover is an excellent remedy for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne. In the past, red clover has been used to treat respiratory ailments, arthritic conditions, and even cancer.

This charming flower’s estrogenic properties are an incredible source of phytoestrogens, or plant estrogens, and can help regulate menstrual cycles, alleviate PMS, prevent osteoporosis and increase fertility. Taken tonically, this feminine ally can also ease the symptoms of menopause (including that ultimate summertime nightmare— hot flashes). A sweet and gentle friend throughout the ages, red clover is a sentimental medicinal that will grow alongside any place you call home.