Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a common crop that has been grown by farmers for many hundreds of years. It is known by a number of other names including “Sweet Clover” and “Purple Clover”. The name comes from the distinctive color of the flower – a beautiful purple with hints of pink. The plant’s origin is believed to be from Western Africa, and from there it has traveled all over the world and is now found in many parts of Europe and the Americas.
The plant is commonly used as feed for cows, but there are also numerous herbal treatments for this amazing little plant.
In the last few centuries the plant has been used in many cultures for many medical purposes. It has been used in both China and Russia for many centuries. Most commonly it is used to treat respiratory infections like pneumonia and the common cold. It will clear your lung congestion very well a nd reduce your cough.
It has also been sued as a diuretic and a way to heal wounds. In the last 200 years doctors realised it might be effective in treating cancer. Red Clover has also been used to treat everything from acne to rashes, to osteoporosis – this is a very interesting little herb!
It has several benefits for your overall health as well.
Reduced Skin Irritations. If you suffer from a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema, red clover might be useful in reducing flare ups. When you add rec clover to lotions or oils it can soothe the affected area and reduce the appearance of inflammation.
The herb can also lower your cholesterol if ingested. Studies have shown that it can lower the bad cholesterol and raise levels of good cholesterol in the body. So if you are somewhat concerned about cholesterol levels, it could be very useful.
The herb can also help with the symptoms of menopause. So if you have the double whammy of high cholesterol and menopause, then the herb is a two birds with one stone treatment! Studies have demonstrated that when using red clover, women suffer less hot flashes and the naturally occuring estrogens that is contains have a positive effect in menopause treatment.
The isoflavones in Red Clover can also reduce the risk of osteoperosis. The herb helps increase bone density in women.
Now the one that we are really interesting in – Red Clover is currently being studied as a treatment for various cancers. The studies suggest that the high isoflavone content may be beneficial in the treatment of various cancers. However the high activity on the estrogen receptors means that it may not be suitable for some types of cancer including breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer. The stimulating effect that Red Clover has on blood flow arguably helps battle cancer as well.
As always, talk to your doctor before embarking on any kind of treatment!