Supplement Immunity With the Lucky Red Clover
Red clover is native to Europe and is now found all over the world. The flower heads are bright red and are harvested by herbalists. They are dried and used as immune system stimulants and are thought to rid the body of waste. This is not just some old world remedy we are discussing when we say that red clover might be of some nutritional or curative power. The flowers are rich in isoflavones that can inhibit some carcinogens. They are used in herbal anti cancer formulations. Genistein, a phytoestrogen, is also present in red clover. Residing mainly in the pea family, genistein has been investigated and has been used in products that are claimed to reduce the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and bone loss in the lower parts of the body, as well as offering cardiovascular system protection.
Phytoestrogens are plentiful in the plant species that produce soybeans, peas, and other beans. They are also in the ever popular flax seed. While not as potent in humans as animal estrogens, these plant estrogens can play a weaker role in the human body as the human form of the hormone. Estrogen regulation is one benefit, resulting in hormone balancing and relief from the symptoms of menopause and PMS.
There are other uses traditionally ascribed to red clover. It has been used to treat conditions affecting the respiratory system, skin ailments, weak appetite, constipation, and as a liver and gall bladder stimulant. It is also taken internally and externally for skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema, for which it has been shown to offer relief.
This herb can be infused into hot water as a tea by using one tablespoon of the red flowers per cup. It is best to steep it for at least 20 minutes. For this amount of time it would actually be useful to simmer it rather than just steeping, since in the time the water could cool, but if you start off with very hot water then steeping is fine. If you steep only, let it go for a full 30 minutes. One cup a few times a day on an empty stomach between meals is recommended. As with any herbal remedy, check if there are drug interactions with any medication that you may be taking. Generally speaking, red clover is not something to worry about, but if you have liver or gallbladder conditions you might want to ask a physician first.
Red clover can be a useful addition to your herbal medicine bag for dealing with female issues as well as an immune system stimulant.