Red Clover was considered sacred in many parts of the ancient world, being used by the ancient Celts, and Native American tribes, and in traditional Chinese Medicine. It was commonly used for respiratory conditions and women’s health.
Recent research has uncovered some of the bioactive compounds responsible for Red Clover’s healing effects. Isoflavones, such as genistein and daidzein affect the body in a similar way to the hormone oestrogen which explains why the herb was so valued for women’s health. It is a popular treatment for menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. Its ability to balance female hormones also makes it useful for relieving PMS symptoms like cramps and mood swings. It is also often used during pregnancy since as well as hormonal balance it supplies much-needed minerals and vitamins, and compounds that work on the circulatory system, increasing blood flow.
The Isoflavones in Red Clover mean that it is also potentially useful for maintaining bone health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Red clover is packed with flavonoids with antioxidant properties. Many health problems in the modern world are caused by free radicals (rouge oxygen molecules from toxins and pollutants) so it is important to consume antioxidants to counter this.
Red Clover can also be used externally, soothing inflamed skin, reducing redness, and improving the overall appearance of the skin. For this reason, it is a popular ingredient in natural skincare products.
Its traditional use for respiratory health can be explained by its anti-inflammatory properties, with some studies suggesting it can reduce coughing and alleviate the symptoms of conditions like bronchitis and asthma.
Red clover also serves as a natural mineral supplement, being full of vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It is a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C.