This plant is under the domain of Jupiter the planet of expansion
Tastes – nutty and cereal-like, sweet
Plant constituents include
Oestrogenic Isoflavones, flavanoids, coumarins
This delicate pink beauty is a perennial herb and can be easily spotted coming up through the grass. It will be found growing abundantly in the meadows where it produces abundant blossom, forming an excellent mowing crop. Sheep’s fertility will be effected by over-grazing on red clover…they can actually stop lambing due to its oestrogen effects on the body. Bees however, love the red clover, gorging on her sweet nectar.
Smelling like honey and tasting really nutty, grainy wholesome, it is a nutritive for the body.
We like to use red clover for supporting clearing of the lymph, and action known as ‘lymphatic’.
Red clover is gentle and nourishing thus makes an excellent remedy for children with skin problems and may be safely used in any case of childhood eczema. It is of particular benefit for children with eczema/asthma syndrome. It is also of value in other chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis.
There is some evidence to suggest an anti-neoplastic action in animals and it has been used in the treatment of cancers, especially of the breasts and ovaries. There are mixed opinions on this as usually any oestrogen-promoting herbs are avoided with oestrogen dependant cancers. Herbal cancer support is a huge topic and should be undertaken with a partitioner by your side.
Red clover is known to contain Phyto-oestrogen’s, the isoflavones. These have shown to balance hormonal imbalances. We always work to address underlying root causes of any hormone imbalance rather than just using ‘a’ herb to ‘fix’ it. Hormonal imbalances can be complex and be connected with stress and the nervous system as well as liver and digestive function.
The expectorant and antispasmodic actions of this remedy give it a role in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis, particularly in whooping cough.
Folklore & magic
The four leaf clover was said to have even more power against evil, a five leaf clover was said to be warn by witches to give them enhanced powers, and a two leaf clover would give a maiden the power to see her future lover.
The leaf of clover is more commonly found growing as a three – and has had connections with the triple goddess of pagan worship practices and the Holy Trinity of Christianity.
Some ways we apply Red Clover:
A syrup made from a Red Clover infusion relieves stubborn, dry coughs this works particularly well in children.
The fresh, crushed flowers can be applied to bites and stings
A few drops of the tincture diluted in water may be used as an eyewash for conjunctivitis.
An infusion of the flowers can be applied as a douche to relieve vaginal itching.
This herb is an excellent lymphatic and cleansing one to have in infusion mixes with other plants
Nettle, Calendula, Red clover, plantain, lavender blend really well
To make a delicious, nutritive, clearing, relaxing tea. Herbs to support the lymphatic system as part of a nutritive diet. Supporting lymph helps with all sorts of functions of the body. The skin feels clearer, the mood can be lifted and a wonderful support for any skin conditions affected by over-loaded lymph. We also call this tea Clear Complexion.
About the Lymphatic system – An Excerpt from The Sensory Herbal Handbook
The lymphatic system is an important transport system, helping rid the body of toxins and waste. It transports lymph, a clear fluid that contains white blood cells, around the body. The lymphatic system consists primarily of vessels, similar to the circulatory system’s veins and capillaries, which are connected to nodes where the lymph is filtered. In the case of infection, the lymph nodes can get overloaded and swell. People may be unaware of having enlarged lymph nodes; check to see if swollen or hardened.
Common symptoms of lymphatic imbalance
These include: repeated sore throats, tonsil swelling, tonsillitis, pustules, spots, signs
of damp in the system (such as eczema), asthma, coughs with phlegm, dysbiosis or candida overgrowth, hypersensitivity reactions (hay fever, asthma, eczema),
inability to express emotions verbally, being excessively emotionally sensitive.
Supporting the lymphatic system – herbs
Cleavers are power-packed, vibrant climbers and the cardinal lymphatic herb. Juice to get their medicine.
Marigold/calendula gently moves lymph stagnation and is brilliant for relieving any swollen glands. Also works as an external ointment or cream.
Dandelion leaves are a diuretic and support the free fl ow of urine. Always accompany with increased water intake.
Try Detox Tea, blending cleavers, red clover, calendula daisy or dandelion leaf.
Increase consumption of water and juices, especially green ones
Green salads, leafy veg, garlic, lemon
Lymphatic drainage massage
Meditation and yoga