My first introduction to Red Clover was a few years ago. I had the teacher's retirement insurance and discovered what my medications were going to cost me. One of my medications I had/have to take, so there was no question of me shelling out 80% of the cost. The other was one that I decided I could stop taking. I knew it would be uncomfortable to go off it, but not harmful - yes, ladies, it was my hormone patch. It was at a point in my herbal studies where I was still looking to 'treat my symptoms'. So I set out to find and research herbs that could help me stay calm and cool. Red Clover is one of several herbs that I found, researched, and tried.
Red Clover is a member of the Pea Family (Fabaceae Family). It tastes sweet and has a cooling effect on the body. Red Clover is antispasmodic, lymphatic, alterative, nutritive, and phytoestrogenic.
As an antispasmodic, Red Clover may help calm the coughing spasms of Whooping Cough. As a lymphatic and alterative, it may help lymphatic fluid move and 'clean the blood'. Finally, as a phytoestrogen, Red Clover has eight compounds that are strongly able to dock with estrogen receptors in our bodies. This means that Red clover can help with many of the changes that go along with menopause -- especially hot flashes.
When I tried making Red Clover tea, I discovered right away how sweet it is and how much it calmed my hot flashes. I continued to experiment with other phytoestrogenic herbs, and started blending some of those herbs together in an effort to make myself a "Menotea". In each of those blends, I would include Red Clover because of its sweetening effect on the tea and cooling effect on me. Eventually, I came up with my "Menotea" in which Red Clover was the starring herb.
You can find out more about this sweet herb in the membership section.
The information contained in this blog is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.