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Red clover is a wild edible plant belonging to the legume family that is commonly used as food for livestock. Traditional Chinese medicine believed that it was a good tonic for colds, to purify the blood, and at one time they burned it as incense. Native Americans used it as a salve for burns, as well as for bronchial problems. Many cultures have traditionally used red clover to treat whooping cough, respiratory problems, psoriasis, eczema and even cancer. Warning: Not to be taken by women who are pregnant or by nursing mothers.
Commonly Used Medicinally for the Following: Removal of toxins, Increase urine output/flow, expectorant (remove mucus from lungs), Digestive Aid (I found it to have the opposite effect), blood cleanser, treatment of various skin conditions (used in lotion, soaps and shampoos), Anti-inflammatory, Treatment of menopause (hormone regulation), relieves hot flashes, Anti-Cancer herbal treatment.
Edible Parts of the Plant: Although leaves can be tossed into a salad or used in a tea, the preferable part of this wild edible is the flower. Red clovers are the tastiest of all clovers although it is recommended not to eat too many of these as some people experience bloating. If you decide to eat the entire plant I highly recommend that you boil the whole plant before adding it to a salad mixture as it will make it a little more bearable to eat and less bitter (after you boil the plant you will be left with a rich green broth which you can also drink).
Red Clover Lemonade:
Red Clover Salad:
3) Allow the greens to cool (overnight or all day is what I tend to do), add in any other mixed greens and your DIY salad dressing and enjoy your randomly collected salad!
Red Clover Tea or Infusion:
Clover Syrup Recipe:
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