Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Member of the legume family this plant contains the full chain of amino acids, making it a perfect protein easily absorbed by the human body. In addition to protein, red clover also contains calcium, vitamin B complex, thiamine, niacin, vitamin C, chromium, magnesium, nickel, potassium, and phosporus.
Besides being an abundant wild edible red clover possesses the ability to send its medicine into many areas of the body at once, providing deep and lasting change in chronically stubborn conditions. In addition to restoring smooth function of various organ systems, this herb helps the body assimilate nutrients and eliminate metabolic wastes. In general, it is helpful in working with infections, blood toxicity, and skin eruptions. Red clover's strengths are most directly experienced in the lungs, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, and the hormonal system.
In the female body, red clover & red raspberry work together to enhance fertility. The strengthening of the uterine muscle in enhanced by the red raspberry; red clover balances the acid and alkaline levels, making the vaginal atmosphere conductive for successful fertilization of the ovum by the sperm. Red clover strengthens the womb in preparation for childbearing years.
The plant's diuretic qualities are helpful in keeping fluids moving through the lymphatic channels. An expectorant and antispasmodic, red clover is specifically indicated as a tea and syrup for easing dry, hacking coughs. Its affinity for the lymphatic system makes the plant a suitable building herb for those dealing with lymph-related cancers or conditions which require a strengthening of the immune system, such as AIDS, cancer and a variety of autoimmune disease.
Red clover is also a blood "purifier", which means it helps keeps the liver in healthy condition so that the blood is well filtered. Infusions of red clover are soothing to the nervous system and can be beneficial in times of stress and traumatic experiences.
An infusion of the flowers is effective in relieving the pain of arthritis and is useful in providing relief of the intense pain related to rheumatoid arthritis. The calcium is easily absorbed and supports the body in releasing calcifications caused by synthetic calcium, which tend to create pain around the joint area.