Medicinal and Edible Plant Guide: White Clover
White clover, Trifloium repens, is a prolific growing herb that can be found all over the world. This small annual herb has white flowers that form dense spikes, with three leaflets to form the leaves. The main root rhizome produces many runners, with stems that grow up to two feet high.
Clover is part of the pea family and edible from root to flower. This herb is highly nutritious and high in protein and fiber as well as an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, chromium, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, and thiamine.
The flowers can also be used to make tea, as an addition to a salad or dried and ground into a flour for baking.
Some of the more common uses and health benefits of clover are:
- The Cherokee used tea from the leaves to treat leukorrhea as well as fever.
- The Iroquois used tea from the flower to purify blood and sooth menopausal symptoms
- Flower tea has been used to treat rheumatism and gout
- Tea from young clover leaves and flowers has been used as an expectorant and reduces the spasm brought on by whooping cough.
- Due to it's rich source of minerals, clover is said to aid in the proper hormonal function of the glands.
- White Clover contains the estrogenic isoflavone genistein, which is used in alternative medicine for its cancer-preventaitve and antioxidant effects.
Caution: Some people may be allergic to clover, so try just a little to start and monitor the reaction.
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