Today’s featured supplement is a wild food. In fact, this easily found plant is considered by many to be a weed. Although common, red clover is a beneficial addition to a healthy diet.
This medicinal plant is actually a powerful wild herb. It provides support to the lymphatic system, cleansing the lymphatic fluid, and it is effective against cancers. Red clover is diuretic and builds the blood, aiding in disorders such as leukemia, multiple myeloma or toxicity due to the liver or pancreas not functioning properly.
Red clover is loaded with nutrients and disease fighting alkaloids. It contains manganese, selenium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A and B. Plus red clover’s alkaloids work with amino acids to break up and reduce stored up excess fat so it can be flushed out of the body.
Red clover is great for those feeling tired, fatigued or depleted. One cup of red clover tea can refresh and replenish, nutritionally. And finally, this potent herb cleanses the body of toxic heavy metals and pesticides such as DDT. A cup of red clover tea, drank in the evening before bed, allows the cleansing properties to work over night, pulling toxins from the body so that the liver can process them.
Both the blossoms and the leaves of the plant can be used, and red clover can be taken in capsule form or dried and used as a tea.
Try this delightful blended tea, from Life Changing Foods by Anthony Williams.
2 tablespoons red clover blossoms
1 tablespoon chamomile blossoms
1/4 teaspoon lavender flowers
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. For one serving of tea, boil one cup of water and add 1 teaspoon of the mixture in a mesh tea ball. Steep for 5 minutes at least.
I currently take red clover in capsule form, although I’ll be visiting my local health food store soon, and I will purchase dried red clover blossoms. I’d like to occasionally have red clover tea.
The next time I see red clover growing in a field or yard, I will pause to give thanks for the health benefits this simple plant provides!
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