Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is an herb that belongs to the legume family, which also includes peas and beans. Red clover’s brightly colored flowers contain many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. They’re also a rich source of isoflavones. These are compounds that act as phytoestrogens—plant chemicals similar to the female hormone estrogen. Isoflavone extracts are touted as dietary supplements for high cholesterol and osteoporosis in addition to menopausal symptoms.
Botanical Name – Trifolium pratense
Family – Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Parts Used – Leaves, Flowers
Energetics – Cooling
Taste – Sweet, Salty
Plant Properties – Alterative, Antispasmodic, Nutritive, Lymphatic
Plant Uses – Cancer, Whooping Cough, Eczema, Acne, Infertility, Estrogen, Lymphatic, Congestion, Post-menopausal, Cover Crop
Plant Preparation – Infusion, Tea, Tincture, Vinegar, Food
In herbal medicine, Red Clover may help with the following problems. Keep in mind that every body is different, so this herb may help one person, but not another. It is always wise to consult with your doctor.
Red clover is an important herb for women’s health problems. Use to treat these symptoms that women may experience at some time in her life.
Red Clover has some evidence that it may help with a few men’s health problems that he may experience at some time in his life.
Red Clover is one of those herbs that actually tastes good. Here are ways to prepare and enjoy Red Clover.
As with all medicines and herbs, there may be cautions. Red Clover may not be safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, for children, or for women who have breast cancer or other hormone-sensitive cancers.