Red Clover Benefits and Healing Properties
Red Clovers are a beautiful reddish-pink flower that is native to Europe, Northwest Africa, and Western Asia. They grow easily, quickly and are highly nutritious, making them ideal for grazing animals. Red Clovers have also been used as a natural remedy for a variety of health conditions, including hypertension, thick blood, poor circulation, estrogen imbalances, stress and many more. These Red Clover benefits are just now being fully explored.
Red Clovers are usually brewed as tea, made into a paste for the skin, or consumed in a powder form. This herb has gained considerable attention recently due to the amount of nutrients it contains including many vitamins such as vitamin C, minerals such as calcium, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, phytosterols, coumarins, isoflavones, and genistein.
Red Clover Benefits
The Red Clover is a real power plant that can be used to treat many medical conditions. It has been used in the past as a natural medicine and is still being used today to treat all sorts of conditions. Let’s take a more detailed look at the Red Clover benefits.
Immune System Booster
Red clovers may help to boost the immune system. If you brew the stem, leaves, and flowers together, you are going to get a huge boost in vitamins and minerals that will stimulate the production of white blood cells. It contains a lot of vitamin C, which is well known for helping illness.
One of the Red Clover benefits may be that it helps blood circulation. Coumarins, which are found in Red Clovers, may promote healthy and smooth circulation of blood. This, in turn, could reduce blood pressure and the possibility of cardiovascular disease.
Red Clover tea has a pink tint and a sweet taste. Red Clover tea is recommended as a natural way to reduce stress. The compounds from the flower act as a sedative on the body, helping you calm down and relax. Stress is a very significant factor in the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS).
Red Clovers are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, meaning they can help fight free radicals that might enter the body. By brewing the stem, leaves, and flowers together, you can receive a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants that can help fight infections from bacteria or viruses. Antioxidants can also prevent cell degeneration and mutation. This is great for reducing inflammation.
Relieves Menopause and Menstruation Symptoms
Red Clovers contain isoflavones, which can mimic the estrogen hormone found in women. Therefore for women who cannot maintain estrogen levels or for women going through menopause, Red Clovers can significantly help to reduce symptoms by balancing hormone levels.
Red Clovers may be able to ease hypertension. The flower contains anti-inflammatory properties, and so when consumed, blood pressure is reduced, and tension in the arteries and blood vessels is eased. This can, in turn, help to prevent heart conditions and other cardiovascular complications.
If you feel like your body is due for a detox, consider combining your detox diet with Red Clovers. Red Clovers can act as a diuretic, increasing urination. This helps to clear away salt, toxins, chemicals, and even fat from your body. This is fantastic for supporting the detoxification circuit of the NEM Stress Response.
Those who have low estrogen levels are at a higher risk of infertility and may find it harder to get pregnant. The isoflavones found in Red Clovers can help to balance out the estrogen hormone in women and thus promote fertility.
Many people suffer from osteoporosis, and women who are postmenopausal are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. This is because lower estrogen levels can lead to lower bone density levels. The isoflavones found in Red Clovers can help to balance out estrogen hormone levels and thus increase bone density and reduce bone deterioration.
Increases Hair Strength
Isoflavones found in Red Clovers may also help to strengthen hair follicles. By rinsing hair in brewed Red Clover flowers, you can strengthen your hair and reduce dandruff. Some people also say that it makes their hair feel soft and adds volume.
Red Clovers can also be used on the skin to help relieve skin conditions. Red Clovers help the body to detox and remove metabolic waste in the blood. This can help skin conditions like psoriasis, dry skin, and eczema.
Initial research has shown that Red Clovers may be able to help block cancer cells from spreading. The isoflavones within Red Clovers have shown this potential. So far, however, not enough research has been conducted to allow doctors to recommend Red Clovers to cancer patients, though the findings so far are promising.
Heart Health Booster
Red Clovers may be able to boost your heart health and lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Research conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center showed that Red Clovers could boost good cholesterol, also known as high-density lipoprotein. The study showed that the women who took Red Clovers had stronger and more flexible arteries. This could therefore, in turn, reduce heart disease.
Red Clover Benefits for NEM Stress Response and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Red Clovers may help to combat stress and, in turn, help those suffering from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. When brewed as a tea, Red Clovers have a nervine and sedative effect that helps to calm down the body, reduce stress and promote sleep. The sedative aspect helps to release tension in the body, especially the muscles. Those who drink the tea will feel a sense of relaxation and calmness.
Red Clovers contain minerals like magnesium and calcium, which are important for the health of the nervous system. The tea works to calm down nerve activity, which in turn helps the body to release tension, nervousness, stress, anxiety, and worry. All these factors reduce stress and promote a restful sleep. A good night’s sleep can help to ease stress, and there is nothing better than a hot cup of tea before bed.
Red Clovers also help to detox the body, by increasing the frequency of urination. This relieves the body of built-up toxins and chemicals, which in turn will relieve internal stress. There are also many other Red Clover benefits that could help relieve other issues many people with AFS suffer from, including improving blood pressure, restoring hormonal balance, and improving immune system function.
Drawbacks of Red Clovers
There are a few drawbacks to consuming Red Clovers that you should be aware of. Firstly, women who have high levels of natural estrogen should avoid consuming Red Clover, and if you already suffer from ovarian cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroids, you should avoid Red Clovers. Also, Red Clovers can act as a blood thinner, causing easy bleeding. So if you take blood-thinning medication, you should not consume Red Clovers. Lastly, if you are pregnant, consuming Red Clovers will increase your estrogen and could disturb you and your baby’s hormone balance, and therefore it should not be consumed.
How to Prepare and Consume Red Clovers
There are a number of ways that you can use Red Clovers. It can be brewed, powdered or made into a paste. However, if you wish to take Red Clovers for medicinal purposes, then it is best to speak with your doctor on how much you should consume. Just because this is a natural medicine does not mean that you should not receive consultation on dosages. Your age, weight, health and many other factors need to be taken into consideration when seeking the correct dosage.
For those who are only looking for a boost to their health and who are not using Red Clovers for medicinal purposes, here is the recommended amount to take:
Tea – Red Clover tea is sweet and calming. Drink about 3 cups of Red Clover tea per day.
Tincture – Use half a teaspoon of Red Clover Tincture 3 times per day.
Salve – You can use half a teaspoon of Red Clover salve 3 times per day.
Compress – Use a soaked cloth with brewed Red Clovers on your skin 4 times per day.
One of the easiest and best ways to consume Red Clovers and receive its benefits is by brewing it in a tea. You can either drink it hot or chill it in the fridge for later. Here’s a recipe for Red Clover tea:
- Mix 1 to 3 teaspoons of Red Clovers and roughly 12 oz. boiling water.
- Steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain and enjoy the tea.
- You can consume 1 to 3 cups of Red Clover tea per day.
- You can also add other ingredients to your tea like mint leaves or rosemary.
Red Clovers are great for the skin. You can even crush the flower in your hand and use it to take away the sting from insect bites. You can also make a Red Clover tincture and use it to help prevent infection, dry skin and eczema. Here is how to make your own tincture:
- Fill a jar with chopped Red Clover flowers
- Pour 100 proof vodka or brandy into the jar until the jar is full.
- Screw the lid onto the jar and shake.
- Then store your jar in a dark place for at least six weeks, shaking periodically.
- After this time your tincture is ready.
- Drain out the flowers, pressing to remove all the liquid, and keeping the liquid.
- Store the liquid in a cool, dark and dry place.
There are many Red Clovers benefits for health. When consumed, Red Clovers can help support heart health, the immune system, blood pressure, estrogen balance and so much more. Plus Red Clovers can help reduce stress levels and, in turn, help those who struggle with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Red Clovers are readily available and can either be brewed or made into a tincture for the skin.
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Dr. Lam’s Key Question
Can Red Clover benefits help estrogen imbalance?
Yes, it can. Red Clover benefits are numerous. This flower contains isoflavones, which can mimic the estrogen hormone found in women. For women who cannot maintain estrogen levels or for women going through menopause, Red Clovers can significantly help to reduce symptoms by balancing hormone levels.