Red Clover ( Trifolium Pratense)
Found in the bean family or Fabaceae, Red Clover is a perennial plant that grows to a height of 0.5 to 2 inches tall. Red Clover has got alternate compound leaves that are trifoliate. The lower compound leaves of the plant have got long hairy petioles with the upper leaves having short petioles. However, it should be noted that the leaflets of the plant do not have petioles of their own. The Red Clover mainly grows in Illinois but was introduced there as a fodder crop from Eurasia. Some of the habitats where Red Clover can be found include pastures, fields, and weedy meadows among others. However, it can also be cultivated in a home garden for use in addressing various health conditions. Red Clover usually blooms from late spring to mid-Summer. During this time, the plant produces flowers that a fragrance like that of mild-honey.
In order to identify Red Clover so easily, you can rely on its large pink flower heads and white chevrons that can be seen from its leaflets.
Since its discovery, Red Clover has been known for a variety of medicinal uses. In order for you to find out more about the use of Red Clover in the treatment of various health conditions, below is a list of some of them:
- Providing relief for those who are faced with coughs like whooping cough among others.
- Prevention of symptoms like hot flashes and trouble sleeping that are mainly caused by menopause in women.
- The flower heads of Red Clover can also be applied on the skin to help in the treatment of skin cancer among other skin conditions.
- Red Clover can also be used in lowering cholesterol levels in the body
- The plant can also be used in the treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Red clover can also be used in the prevention of asthma, bronchitis among other health conditions.
Dosage and Administration
When looking at the dosage and administration of Red Clover, it should be noted that since the plant has got a variety of medicinal uses, there may be variation in the dosage that one is supposed to be given. Besides, the dosage may also depend on the form in which it is used since there are people who use it as it is while others also use it as an ingredient in other kinds of medications.
When administering Red Clover, it is advisable that it is used in the form of an infusion. The parts that are used are to be made into solutions. However, it can also be administered as salad. It is advisable that you consult a professional health practitioner to examine your condition so that you are able to determine the correct dosage based on your condition. In case you have obtained Red Clover from a drug store, you will be given directions on the dosage at the back of the package.
Mostly, the parts of Red Clover that are used are the aerial parts. The flowering tops are the ones that are often used but even the leaves are also used at times. In case you are using the dried blossoms of Red Clove, it is important to make sure that you choose those ones that still have got their color and not pale or brown. However, in case you are using it in the form of salads, ensure that you go for fresh flowers or leaves.
Going by the list of the medicinal uses of Red Clover that are highlighted above, you can tell that in deed it is a very important plant with numerous benefits. Some of its benefits include:
- Red Clover is beneficial in the prevention of skin cancer
- Helps in the prevention of menopausal symptoms
- The plant is also effective in the prevention of chest complaints like asthma, bronchitis and coughs.
- The solid extract of Red Clover can also be used in beverages and food as a flavoring ingredient.
Red Clover has got no known side effects; however, it is advisable to note that taking very large amounts of it by pregnant women or even those who are pregnant may lead to unpleasant consequences. In take of large amounts of Red Clover can lead to miscarriage in pregnant women.
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