Botanical: Trifolium pratense
Family: Fabaceae (pea) - Leguminosae/Papilionaceae (legume)
Other common names: Trefoil, Purple Clover, Broad Red, Wild Clover, Cleaver Grass, Marl Grass,
Red Clover has been called one of "God's greatest blessings to man" and is said to be a wonderful blood purifier and cleanser and has been used to treat serious invasive disease, debilitating wasting diseases, excess mucus in the lungs and elsewhere, irritable bowel, gout, kidney and liver ailments, and that is just the beginning! This vitally nutritional, mineral-rich herb is a great tonic for overall good health that no one should be without. Red Clover even rebuilds worn out soil; imagine what it can do for your body!
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Red Clover is a hardy perennial of short duration that may be found in abundance throughout Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean area, and it was introduced to Australia and North America (it is the state flower of Vermont). Red Clover is one of about 230 species of legumes that has been an important forage crop since the Middle Ages, and, in fact, Red Clover is the most important leguminous forage crop in northern Europe that not only benefits animals, but also rebuilds tired and worn out soil. It is also eaten in salads and included in honey as a flavoring. Red Clover is an erect-to-sprawling plant with long-stalked, hairy stems, arising from one root and bearing smooth leaves that are divided into three leaflets, hence, its botanical name, Trifolium, which is derived from two Latin words, tri, meaning "three" and folium, meaning "leaf." The stems bear purple-pink, tubular, fragrant flowers that are borne in globose heads that bloom in the late spring. Red Clover grows to a height of two feet and thrives in moist, well-drained, neutral soil in sun, and the flower heads with upper leaves are harvested in summer as they open and are dried as a sweet, cooling and cleansing herb that is used in medicinal preparations. Red Clover has been traditionally used by herbalists for years to treat various cancers and as a blood purifier. Used externally in poultices, it has been employed as a local application for malignant growths (also leprosy, old ulcers, acne and pellagra). When taken internally, it is said to be helpful for serious diseases of the stomach, ovaries, breast, throat and lymphatic system. It has also been made into a gargle for the relief of esophageal disease, and the National Cancer Institute has substantiated the fact that Red Clover does, in fact, contain anti-cancer properties. It is a deeply rooted plant, which is said to account for its abundance of minerals, and some of the constituents in Red Clover include beta-sitosterol, caffeic and other acids, several isoflavones including biochanin, daidzein, formononetin and genistein, coumarins (coumarin and medicagol), eugenol, flavonoids, methyl salicylate, salicylic acid, calcium, chromium, lecithin, choline, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, molybdenum, beta-carotene and vitamins B-3, C and E.
Red Clover is considered a fine herbal expectorant and anti-inflammatory and is said to be one of the best mucus-clearing sources in nature. This action helps to loosen and expel phlegm from the lungs and chest and is effective in relieving bronchial troubles, inflamed lungs, colds, dry, unproductive coughs, wheezing and bronchitis.
As an antispasmodic and general relaxant, Red Clover helps to relieve spasms of all kinds, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), whooping cough, nervous and tension headaches, inflamed bowels, stomach and intestines. In addition, the salicylic acid (the natural forerunner of synthetic aspirin) acts as an herbal pain reliever and thus helps to ease pain and inflammation.
Red Clover is a wonderful detergent and cleansing tonic. It is considered a depurative that purifies the blood by promoting the body's eliminative functions. By encouraging the production of bile, the herb is said to help to purify the liver, thus cleansing toxins from the bloodstream. The increased bile also stimulates the production of digestive fluids that speed up digestion and the elimination of morbid matter from the stomach and intestines. Red Clover apparently contains the trace element, molybdenum, which is said to play an important role in discharging nitrogenous waste, another aid in helping to cleanse the system of impurities.
As a diuretic, Red Clover further helps to cleanse the body by stimulating the production of urine and helping to flush impurities from the kidneys and bladder and removing waste from the system in the increased urine flow. The increased urine flushes accumulated uric acid and can help to relieve gout and arthritis. In addition, this diuretic action also helps to relieve urinary tract inflammation and irritation.
As an antibacterial, Red Clover is said to fight bacterial infections and is believed to be effective against tuberculosis and syphilis.
Red Clover is said to be beneficial in cases of wasting and chronic degenerative diseases and a weakened immune system, and current research is hopeful for its use in combating HIV and AIDS.
The flavonoids in Red Clover are said to be estrogenic, and this was discovered when livestock consumed large amounts of the plant. This is especially interesting for women's health in that it is said to increase fertility and reduce the unpleasant side effects of menopause, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
When taken internally, Red Clover's powerful blood cleansing properties have been used to relieve many skin complaints, especially acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Red Clover Herbal Supplement; however, due to its coumarin content, the potential to enhance anticoagulant effects exists. Because Red Clover Red may have estrogenic activity, it should be avoided or used cautiously by patients with hormone-sensitive disease. Taking Red Clover and a contraceptive may cause the contraceptive not to work well.