RED CLOVER


Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine & vitamin C.
Herb acts as an antibiotic, an appetite suppressant & a relaxant.
It is one of the best blood purifying herbs. 
It is used for hot flashes/flushes, PMS, lowering cholesterol, breast health, improving urine production & improving circulation of the blood.
It is also used to help prevent osteoporosis, reduce the possibility of blood clots & arterial plaques & limiting the development of benign prostate hyperplasia.
Red clover's constituents are thought to stimulate the immune system.
Red clover has also been used to treat coughs & respiratory system congestion.
Red clover may also block enzymes thought to contribute to prostate cancer in men.
Red clover also promotes an increase in the secretion of bile acid
Red clover may also help the arteries remain strong & flexible, which may also help to prevent some of the plaque deposits that may lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
It has been found to be helpful in quitting smoking.
Red clover may be effective for treating cancers of the breast, ovaries & lymphatic system.
Red clover preparations can be used to help speed wound healing & ease chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Red clover contains a high concentration of phytoestrogens, which mimic the action of female hormones in the body. Today red clover is included in some herbal supplements that claim to promote natural breast enlargement.
Red clover has traditionally been used to treat inflammation & infection, including syphilis, venereal disease, & tuberculosis.
Red clover aids in improved circulatory function, this is very important for all functions of the body, but it is important to have good circulation to the genitals for reproductive function.
Red Clover has been shown to increase cervical mucous, aiding vaginal dryness.
Red Clover has been used for hundreds of years to improve liver function, which is essential to hormonal balance.
This herb is also supportive of kidney function.
Clover can be used as a diuretic.
Clover tea can be taken in case of constipation, liver problems & poor appetite.
Flowers can be mashed up to produce a syrupy paste, which is then applied to skin disorders such as open sores or athlete’s foot.


RECIPES:

A few tiny florets are a delightful addition to a summer iced tea:
a cup of iced mint tea with a lemon slice & 5-10 tiny clover florets floating on top.
You can also press the fresh florets into the icing on a summer birthday cake.

Red clover tea:

Simply add  a cup of boiling water to 1 tbsp of dried or fresh clover flowers & drink 3 times a day.

Red Clover Blossom Syrup:

1 l Red Clover blossoms
1 l water
4 cups sugar
1 lemon or orange chopped, with peel.Lemon or orange is optional..

Bring water & sugar to boil.
Pour syrup over the lemon/orange & Red Clovers.
Leave in fridge for a few days.
Strain.
Pour into the jars air-tight.
Store in cool place.

Red Clover Salad:

2 cups rice
3 tbsp olive oil
6 tbsp lemon juice
1½ tsp salt
6 scallions, chopped
1 cup walnuts (you can use any nuts )
1 cup chopped dried fruit (try raisins, dates, or apricots)
2 cups Red Clover flowers, plucked out of the flower heads.

Cook rice until done.
Cool completely before mixing salad.
Add all the above ingredients & mix thoroughly.

Lymphatic Congestion Tea:

2 parts red clover flower
1 part calendula flower
1 part violet leaf
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the 1 tsp of herb & let to infuse for 10-15 min.
Drink 2 to 3 cups of tea daily.
Continue for 3 weeks, then discontinue for 2 weeks & repeat as needed.
If you tend toward swollen glands or a fibrocystic breast condition, or you have had cancer in the past, this is a good formula to use fairly consistently.

MAGIC:

Once used to ward off witches & other evil forces.
Finding a four leaved clover has always been considered a lucky charm.
Tradition holds that clover is the favorite plant of the fairies.Holding clover in your hand is thought to gain you "fairy sight" (the ability to see the fairies).
In folk magic Red Clover is used in a ritual bath to attract money & prosperity to the bather & is also used as a floor wash to chase out evil & unwanted ghosts. 
Four-leaf clovers are also traditionally used to see fairies & other spirits, to heal illnesses & to avoid being drafted into the military. 
Three leaved-clovers are worn as a protective talisman & two-leaved clovers are used by young women to get a glimpse of a future lover.
With its three leaves, Clover is a very shamanic plant allowing one to see into & interact with the Other world. It is a good talisman of protection & power for traveling out of body & walking between worlds.
Hang a bundle over your door to keep negative entities away, or plant it in your front yard, around the edge of your property.
Carry some dried clover in your wallet to bring financial gain your way, or keep it in your pocket when you’re at a gaming table.
Because of its cleansing properties, you can dry some clover & burn it like you would sage or sweet grass, as part of a smudging or purification ritual.

Pick a two-leaved clover & place it inside your right shoe.
If you are a woman, the first young man you encounter will possess the same first name or initials as the man destined to be your future husband.
If you are a man, the first name or initials of your future bride will be revealed by the name of the first young lady you encounter.




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