Red Clover - Trifolium pratense
Nourishing Herbal Infusions the Wise Woman Way
Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a superb anti-cancer and cancer-preventative herb.
Since it is primarily grown to feed to pregnant and lactating cows, I consider it safe for
everyone. I think of it as the herb of fertility; and I rely on it exclusively when
students want help with conceiving. An infusion (not tea, not tincture, not capsules) of
red clover blossoms, leaves, and stems is not only very high in protein, macro- and
trace-minerals, and vitamins (except B12), it is an excellent source of phytosterols.
Phytosterols are hormone-like substances found in many plants that can be
bio-converted in the human gut into active anti-cancer estrogens and other helpful
anti-stress hormones. Calling phytosterols phytoestrogens is confusing, as it implies
harmful, not protective, effects.
Red clover is better in every way than its
cousin soy. It contains four phytoestrogens;
soy has only one (isoflavone). Red clover
infusion has ten times more phytoestrogens
than soy "milk," fewer calories, more calcium,
and no added sugars. Red clover is the world's
leading anti-cancer herb; soy isoflavone
encourages the growth of breast cancer cells in
the lab. Red clover improves the memory;
Japanese men who ate tofu twice a week
doubled their risk of Alzheimer's disease. Soy
beverage can contain up to 1000 times more
aluminum than milk, according to Sally Fallon,
lipid researcher and fat specialist. She believes
that "the highly processed soy foods of today
are perpetuating . . . nutrient deficiencies. . . ."
One of the most cherished of the fertility-increasing plants is red clover (Trifolium
pratense). Common in fields and along roadsides, it has bright pink (not really red)
blossoms from mid-summer into the chilly days of fall. A favorite flower of the
honeybees, the tops (blossoms and appending leaves) are harvested on bright sunny
days and eaten as is, or dried for medicinal use. The raw blossoms are delicious in
salads and nutritious when cooked with grains such as rice or millet.
To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried
blossoms (fresh won't work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning
jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room
temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that
they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of
red clover infusion.
It is especially helpful if there is scarring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses,
abnormal cells in the reproductive tract, or "unexplained" infertility. It may take
several months for the full effect of this herb to come on and pregnancy may not occurs
until you have used it for a year or two. You can improve the taste by including some
dried peppermint (a spoonful or two) along with the dried clover blossoms when
making your infusion. Treat the father of the child-to-be to some red clover infusion,
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