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Herb of the Week: Clover


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September 8th, 2011, 07:54 AM
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So the other day I learned how wonderful clover is. Coincidentally, I was thinking earlier that day what else I could use to make batter since I canít afford to buy enough walnuts , almonds or cashews to make my own. You can use this wonderful plant!

There are two types, white clover (which can get pinkish) and red clover (the purple ones).

The latin names mean they have three leaves and are either fresh or found in meadows. Itís a valuable soil builder so hoping some grows where weíre moving too because the dirt quality is gonna suck! Lol

Clover is high in protein and red clover is a good source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium thiamine and Vit C. Also, itís apparently an anti-cancer herb!

How to eat it
All parts of the plant can be eaten. The leaves can be eaten raw before it flowers, after it flowers the leaves will need to be cooked. Dried leaves add a vanilla-like flavor to baked items. The root needs to be eaten cooked. The flowers and seeds can be used raw in salads or cooked. You can make fritters just like you can w/ dandelions. Can also be used for teas and wines. The flowers and seeds can be dried and ground into flour.

Medicinal
Purifies, cleanses the blood, cleans sores/boils, heals the eyes, coughs, colds, fevers, leucorrhea, gout, cancer, mastitis, joint disorders, jaundice, bronchitis, asthma, skin inflammation (psoriasis, and eczema), promotes urine and mucous production, improves circulation, stimulate the secretion of bile, menopause, hot flashes, cardiovascular health, bone loss.

Cautions: In animals, there have been some rare cases of infertility, as to whether this is due to the clover or not is unfounded. I hear different advice about the use of it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some say itís completely safe, others say itís not. Additional research would be needed. I canít imagine it being harmful though.
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