Red clover is one of four herbs in Know Your Gut, Trust Your Gut tea by You, Me, and Uni. This herb was carried to England in 1650 and traveled to America by British colonists. It was traditionally cultivated for livestock as a nutrient-dense supplement. In Chinese and Russian cultures, red clover was used to make a floral tea, helping with respiratory health. It has been turned into a wash, a tea, an extract, and the leaves can be eaten in salads.
“Red clover is a medicinal herb containing flavonoids, coumarins, coumestans, and isoflavones.”American Botanical Council
Red clover is a great herb to add to your list of immune-boosting herbs. Having a strong immune system will help you in enormous ways. Not only will a healthy immune system lessen our chance of contracting the common cold, flu, and coronavirus, it will lessen our symptoms and shorten the duration of illnesses.
In addition to getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy foods, and taking vitamin c, consider adding red clover in tea form with Know Your Gut, Trust Your Gut tea. This delicious tea is a blend of red clover, comfrey, dandelion, and cornflower petal. Order here.
Lymphatic and endocrine health
Red clover improves the quality of blood, which benefits the lymphatic system. It is a blood purifier as well as a blood thinner, which is good for heart disease to prevent clots (lessening chances of having a heart attack and stroke).
Endocrine health can also be improved by increasing your daily intake of leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables. As well as adding an “increase in healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocado, chia seeds, nuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.” Endocrine strength is improved by reducing stress and increasing low-impact movement, such as yoga, meditation, and walking.
Red clover may stop cancer cells from growing or kill cancer cells altogether.
“In oncology, it has been claimed to be effective for treating hormonally driven cancers and for reducing hot flushes in women who experience premature menopause as part of their cancer treatment.”
However, due to the levels of estrogen in red clover, this could be counter-productive in cancer prevention and should be used with caution in cancer survivors.
It’s all in the name, Know Your Gut, Trust Your Gut. Red clover is helpful for indigestion, bloating, and acid reflux. Steep your herbal tea overnight for an extra-strong infusion for the most medicinal benefits. Having a cup of tea after meals will soothe digestion.
Red clover has been used for centuries to clear the lungs.
“T. Bartram writes that Red Clover was used by‘Hippocrates and physicians of the Ancient World’ and he describes its actions as a deobstruent, antispasmodic, alterative, sedative, expectorant, with an affinity for throat and salivary glands.”Richard Whelan
Russians used an infusion of red clover to treat bronchial asthma. An infusion is made by steeping dried red clover flowers in boiling water for 20 minutes to 4 hours. This will create a strong tea that can be sipped on throughout the day. You can sweeten with honey or mix with juice if the flavor of this strong brew is too bitter for your taste buds.
Cough and whooping cough
“Red clover has long been used as an antispasmodic, expectorant, and mild sedative with a special affinity for the lungs, throat and salivary glands. This makes red clover a very good choice for the dry hacking coughs of croup or whooping cough.”Herbal Wisdom Institute
Menopausal & menstrual symptoms
Red clover may provide relief from hot flashes, breast tenderness, and premenstrual syndrome due to estrogen-like effects. Studies vary in results. Red clover reduces blood flow due to blood-thinning properties.
Red clover is known for being beneficial for skin symptoms such as burns, eczema, psoriasis, sores, and skin cancer. This versatile herb can be used in a wash by taking an infusion of the tea and adding it to cold or warm washcloths. Red clover extract can be added to salves for use on various skin conditions
Experiment with adding a few herbs into your relaxing tea ritual each week. Red clover is included in a blend of four delicious herbs in Trust Your Gut, Know Your Gut but you don’t have to stick to these, nor do you have to blend your own. Meditative State of Mind is a blend that is tasty and soothing, helping to reduce stress and anxiety with a blend of Mint, Lavender, Chamomile, and Moringa. It’s a great tea to use for your meditative tea ritual.
Experiment with different herbal tea combinations to find your favorites.
Trust Your Gut, Know Your Gut and Meditative State of Mind can be purchased through Amazon. For more information on You, Me and Uni, check out the website, created by Master Herbalist, Jennifer Vollbrecht. Browse the herbal tea articles on the site for more tips on adding delicious tea to your healthy lifestyle. Click here to read articles on improving digestion, dandelion tea benefits, and remedies for cold and flu season.
Anastacia Elizabeth Walden is a writer, editor and the owner of Walden Writes For Women.