There are so many herbal teas available to us that can truly add amazing healing to our lives. Many people are hesitant to try new herbal teas, and limit themselves to the more common black, green or white teas, and their varieties like chai, earl grey, matcha and perhaps a few common herbal teas like chamomile and yerba mate. But there is a veritable medicine chest of teas available to us in nature, and I would love to share those with you!
Red clover is one of the most incredible healing teas, and is actually a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also a rich source of isoflavones that can help reduce risk of cancer.
Researchers have discovered that that red clover can help protect against heart disease. The red clover isoflavones have been associated with an increase in “good” HDL cholesterol, and one study even found that menopausal women taking red clover had stronger, more flexible arteries (called arterial compliance), which can help prevent heart disease. Red clover may also have blood-thinning properties, which keeps blood clots from forming. It appears to improve blood flow.
The isoflavones in red clover have also been shown to reduce symptoms of menopause like hot flashes and night sweats.
Red clover isoflavones may also slow bone loss and boost bone mineral density, which can help reduce risk of osteoporosis.
Cancer and Prostate Enlargement
Red clover may also block enzymes thought to contribute to prostate cancer in men, and has definitively shown a preventive effect in the development of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH can cause men to experience a weak or interrupted urine stream, dribbling after urinating, or the urge to urinate even after going.
In herbalism, red clover is often used for the following:
– Bone and Joint Health
– Canker Sores
– Digestive Disorders
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome
– Joint Pain
– Menopausal Problems
Always ask a doctor before using this or any herb. Red clover is actually not recommended for use by pregnant women, or those experiencing estrogen dominance.