Red clover is a herbaceous plant with leaves composed of three leaflets and flowers grouped in heads or spikes. It grows mainly in the grasslands of the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. Its scientific name is Trifolium pratense and it belongs to the Fabaceae family. Since ancient times, this plant has been given many medicinal properties. It also concentrates a high nutritional value. It is particularly rich in minerals, trace elements and vitamins. In addition, it contains isoflavones, polyphenols and coumarins.
Properties and indications in herbal medicine
Red clover develops estrogen-like activities in the body. As a result, it mainly intervenes in the female disorder treatment, especially menopause. Indeed, it considerably improves the daily life of women during this dreaded period. It reduces, among other things, the frequency and intensity of hot flashes. He also participates in the mood regulation by soothing nervous disorders such as anxiety or nervousness.
Moreover, by stimulating the production of estrogen, it helps to limit the effects of osteoporosis. In other words, it prevents the rarefaction of bone cells in older women.
This officinal plant can also be used to treat various dermatological conditions. It is excellent as an alternative for the skin care. It helps protect against the sun and treats other types of disorders. We distinguish, among others, eczema, psoriasis, wounds, burns and abscesses.
Finally, red clover helps to fight diarrhea, cough and angina. It is also used in the treatment of gout and has anticoagulant effects. Moreover, this ability to improve blood circulation is now used in the manufacture of several products aimed at accelerating breast development.
In natural medicinethe flowering parts are used to prepare a decoction, powder, capsules, mother tincture and juice.
How to take advantage of its virtues?
In terms of dosage, it should be noted that it depends on the form of preparation used. It is also essential to respect the prescribed doses.
In a quantity of 250 ml of boiling water, infuse for 10 minutes 4 g of dry extracts. Drink up to 3 cups a day. Once cooled, this infusion can be applied as a compress to damaged skin.
In combination with a balanced diet, take 1 capsule with a glass of water with breakfast and dinner.
For a 25-day cure, dilute 15 drops in water morning and evening.
Juices or liquid extracts:
Consume 25 ml in the morning and 25 ml in the evening at mealtime. The juice is consumed in its pure form or mixed with a glass of unsweetened fruit juice.
Precautions for use
Red clover is contraindicated for pregnant women, lactating and those with a history of breast or uterine cancer. The combination with anticoagulants should also be avoided.