Herb of the week: Red Clover

Red clover is a flower that blossoms into a pink bloom and can be used dried or fresh for medicinal treatments. Due to its high nutrient contents, Red clover can be taken internally as a tea or used for skin aliments like eczema.

Red Clover for the Body
Red clover is high in beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B, as well as trace minerals like magnesium, and zinc. It has been used throughout history as a “blood and lymphatic cleanser” and can help in clearing lymphatic congestion.

Red clover is also known to help with menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats. For menopausal symptoms, red cover can be mixed with motherwort and drank as an herbal tea.

What’s more, according to herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, Red clover “should be considered as a health-promoting tea for those who might be susceptible to cancer.”

Red Clover for Skin and Hair 
Red clover can be a natural remedy for those suffering from skin and scalp problems like eczema and psoriasis. You can treat these issues by drinking Red clover tea or by using it externally as a wash, scalp rinse, or in a salve. Drinking Red clover tea may also prove helpful in reducing scalp inflammation for those with CCCA Alopecia.

This herb was featured in my Herbs for Skin and Hair Care Workshop in Indianapolis, IN. To receive information about future events, subscribe to my newsletter!

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Source: Gladstar, Rosemary. Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2012. Print.

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