All parts of the clover plant have been used medicinally, and it is most often used to treat skin conditions and coughs. Habitat:
Clover grows in meadows, pastures, and other grassy places. It requires moist soil and cannot grow in the shade. It will also grow in hilly and mountainous areas.Description:
Clover is a perennial that can grow to a height of 60cm. The leaves are deep green and smooth, being oval shaped. The stem is slightly hairy and several stems will grow from the same root. The flowers range in color from rosy-purple to red-white, and form a dense ovoid or globular heads at the end of the stem. Recognition Tips:
The flowers and leaves of the clover are the best features to identify it. Time Of The Year:
Clover flowers from May to September and the seeds ripen from July to October. It should be harvested when it is flowering, and the whole of the plant may be collected and dried for use.
Red clover has a long history of not just medicinal use, but, on a whole different note, also as a common cattle fodder. And it has some religious background as well, as the three leaves on the clover were associated with the Christian Trinity. During the Middle Ages, the red clover was considered a charm of protection against witches. Just as a regular four-leaf clover is considered lucky, the same is true of the red four-leaf clover. In fact, there is some debate as to whether the red leaf clover is the actual true shamrock planted by St. Patrick in Ireland. Regardless of the myths and folktales surrounding red clover, one thing has been proven through time - the herb makes a powerful addition to your natural medicine arsenal.[/left]
Red clover is known as one of the world's oldest and most common natural treatments for all varieties of cancer -- anywhere in the body. It is found as a central ingredient in many anticancer formulas, including the Hoxsey formula, Jason Winters tea, and Essiac tea, not to mention Jon’s Blood Support formula. Its use is so common that one study found that 33 cultures use the herb against the disease.
Red clover is commonly used to help reduce symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats, PMS, while at the same time promoting breast enhancement and breast health. It is also thought to help decrease the risk of women developing osteoporosis later in life. And the isoflavones found in red clover have been associated with an increase in "good" HDL cholesterol in pre and postmenopausal women.
In addition to isoflavones and genistein, red clover also contains calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Historically, it has often been used (and is still used) to treat whooping cough and other throat related conditions such as bronchitis and sore throats. Herbalists also use it in tinctures to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
This herb can be found in many forms including as dried leaves or capsules, in tincture or extract form, and as a topical treatment.Safety Notes:
Clover is considered non-toxic, and has often been used in food items, however, it is best avoided by pregnant women.