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Getting to know: Red Clover

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

Red clover is a species of old world plant native to parts of Europe, northern Africa and central Asia. Nowadays, the red clover is also cultivated in the Americas and Australia for pasturage and as a rotation crop. The flowering time for clover is in summer which is when it is harvested for tisanes and medicinal uses.

Red clover contains a myriad of nutrients including vitamins, selenium, iron, magnesium, alkaloids and a type of polyphenol with antioxidant benefits. It also contains isoflavones which act like estrogen in the body, lowering the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and menopause symptoms.

Red clover has also been traditionally used to help with symptoms of diabetes, skin conditions, fungal infections, gout and eye diseases to name a few. It is known as an effective lymphatic system cleanser and supports pancreas and digestive function.

Red clover has been known to be of great benefit when wanting to reverse a stagnant or sluggish liver. If you suffer from food allergies or sensitivities, histamine reactions, hives, rashes or dry skin, why not try adding a cup or two of strong red clover tea into your wellness regime.

Red clover can also have an energising effect, making it an ideal herb if you are feeling exhausted, fatigued or depleted.

'When you're seeking purification, try a cup of red clover tea in the evening. The herb's healing, cleansing properties will work overnight to find and discharge poisons from your system, making them readily available for your liver to process in the wee hours of the morning' - Anthony William

The disease-fighting alkaloids found in red clover react with its amino acids resulting in the break up of unnecessary fat, so it can be removed from the body, making it one of the ultimate weight loss herbs.

'Red clover has the ability to cleanse toxic heavy metals and pesticides such as DDT' - Anthony William

Given its similarity to estrogen, red clover should not be used during pregnancy. Red clover may also react with blood thinning medication, so if you are taking medications and/or prescribed supplements consult your health care practitioner before consuming.



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