Other Names: Bee Bread, Trefoil, Cow Clover, Meadow Clover
Balancing and rejuventative for hormonal health.
Red clover is a perennial plant that grows to heights of between 5-40cm. It has branching stems and the leaves are typical of the clover species. The flowers are a distinctive pinky red and consist of oval bunches of tiny individual trumpet-shaped flowers. It is native to Europe, Asia and Africa, but grows naturally throughout the UK. Red clover is widely distributed and common in meadows from May through to October.
How it Works
Red clover contains a constituent known as isoflavone which has a similar structure to oestrogen. These constituents are classed as phyto-oestrogens and can be used to balance oestrogen levels in women. Despite common perceptions about phyto-oestrogens, they have a balancing effect upon endogenous oestrogen, to which their structure is very similar. Where endogenous oestrogen is low, phyto-oestrogens mimic oestrogen and take up vacant receptor sites in the body influencing a low-oestrogenic effect. Where oestrogen levels are high, phyto-oestrogens block receptor sites, lowering the effect of endogenous oestrogen on the body.
Into the Heart of Red Clover
A large proportion of research into the medicinal effects of red clover are centered around its phyto-oestrogenic properties and its benefits for treating hormone based conditions and supporting women through the hormonal changes that take place during adolescence, the menstrual cycle and also the menopause.
In addition to its hormone balancing effects, red clover is also classed as a blood tonic with a cleansing action upon the skin; it is of particular use where skin conditions are influenced by hormonal imbalance.
Red clover has also demonstrated expectorant and anti-spasmodic properties which has made it effective in the treatment of spasmodic coughs and excessive mucous congestion within the respiratory tract.
Female Reproductive: Indicated in female hormonal imbalance, particularly associated with oestrogen levels. Supportive for women during adolescence, the menstrual cycle and menopause.
Skin: Indicated in hormonal based skin conditions, including teenage acne. Also indicated in eczema, psoriasis and adult acne.
Respiratory & Lungs: Red clover has an expectorant and anti-spasmodic effect, indicating it in spasmodic coughs, whooping cough and conditions where there is excessive mucous congestion within the respiratory tract.