Recently, I purchased some red clover blossoms to make a tincture or tea because I have learned so many good things about red clover! Did you know it is a great go to herb during menopause? It has some of the same compounds(phyto estrogens) that soy has without all the bad stuff(GMO junk!)

red-clover

Red clover is a wonderful blood purifier, detox and immune system builder AND all of the cool things listed:

** Borrowed from Frugally Sustainable***

http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/07/how-to-use-red-clover-blossoms/

A list of health benefits may include:

1. It functioning as a good tonic for colds.

2. Make a salve or poultice with the blossoms and use it on burns, psoriasis, eczema, various sores, and acne.

3. A great respiratory system herb! It eases coughs, colds and symptoms of bronchitis.

4. Use it as a mild sedative to relax and calm the nervous system.

5. Known to relieve the symptoms of PMS in pre-menopausal women and can assist the body in establishing a healthy menstrual flow.

6. Reduces the symptoms of menopause. Notably hot flashes and may delay the effects of osteoporosis.

7. Great for liver health as it purifies the blood and helps to remove toxins.

8. Red clover also seems to reduce our levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and our risk for heart disease.

9. Nutritionally speaking Red Clover blossoms contain a good amount of calcium, magnesium, potassium, niacin, thiamine, and lots of Vitamin C. **

So this past weekend, I was feeding animals at my friend’s farm and lo and behold, a patch of red clover! Yay! I picked a handful of flowers – not ALL of them so they can grow back and multiply but enough to go home and dry for a quart of tea. Even though I bought the dried ones, there is just something about picking them fresh and drying them yourself that makes the herbs even better. 🙂

But if you cannot find fresh blossoms, you can visit my favorite one stop shopping place – Mountain Herb Rose. By shopping through my links, I receive a small commission from the companies that does not come from you, directly from them. It helps with my continuing Herbal Education. Thank you!

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony cFor an infusion, get a quart jar, fill with a cup of red clover blossoms, pour boiling water, that has cooled slightly, over the blossoms and let steep at least 4 hours or overnight. Strain and drink a cup, save the rest in the refrigerator to consume over the next 48 hours. I plan on making this today.

red clover infusion

Oh and then I found a recipe for making Red Clover Blossom Fritters!!! Yummy!

http://mountainhomequilts.blogspot.com/2012/07/using-herbs-red-clover-fritters.html

That’s all for now, go out and play in the dirt! 🙂

Anne-Marie

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