there is a lot of old literature about red clover
i use it for breast and lymph health
i really like to pair my feminine support tincture (agrimony-mugwort-black raspberry leaf) with a red clover tincture on the side
i have red clover tinctured fresh
and i also have an infused oil that has been allowed to steep for 5+ months
flash drying fresh wild herbs and long steeping them in grapeseed oil has proven to bring about potent oils and salves
most of my clients that are seeking red clover ask for both tincture and oil so i made the oil this year.
i find red clover to be specific where there is
-a need for lymphatic support in female areas
-rebuilding from asthenia/malnourished states (tea)
i think it's worth considering in
-certain patterns of lung disharmony
>>especially when it seems to be indicated as a whole
A NOTE ON MENOPAUSE, PHYTOESTROGENS AND MODERN HEALTH CULTURE
i also want to note that i would consider red clover for menopause
people get worked up about phytoestrogens
i've seen a small handful of fresh red clover flower tops
quietly and completely balance the upcoming menstrual cycle of a malnourished young lady
i think that when we're thinking about phytoestrogens
it's important to note what other compounds are in the plant in question
especially because pharmacologically dissecting plants is very modern and new
but people have consumed these plants and developed cross cultural gnosis for millennia.
for something like red clover, it's mild and supportive with a long history of being well tolerated.
so it's not going to hurt anyone.
but for something like black cohosh,
we're getting into more specific and careful territory.
not to say that it's harmful, but that we need to proceed from a place of experience and mastery.
it's by no means a 'beginner herb' and unfortunately i've seen experienced practitioners
choose the theories of shiny modern herbal pharmacology
over the actual person sitting in front of them who is doing poorly
another side note to ground us in time and space:
if someone comes to me for hot flashes or night sweats,
i expect them to start doing better within two days.
it doesn't take long to get results from the right remedies.
i've seen a lot of ladies take black cohosh supplements extendedly for menopause
because they were told that the phytoestrogens would remedy their situation
and they end up having really unpleasant side effects.
many of them thought that their side effects were the menopause symptoms themselves
and some thought that the phytoestrogens were to blame
because there is dicey literature on both sides of the phytoestrogen debate
and truly it's mostly speculation
(soy is a very different situation for a couple reasons)
but black cohosh isn't meant to be used the way people use it.
it's an endangered slow growing root that grows in very specific environments
it has very powerful and specific actions
nature is telling us it's not for everyone
red clover grows all over the place and makes desolate land fertile again
^pick this one
BRAIN HEALTH AND VITAMINS AND MINERALS
if you want red clover for its vitamins and minerals,
you'll have to find it fresh when it's in season
and make a tea or cold infusion
both would require a long steep.
i often have some dried clover in my apothecary
but i don't think it stays potent for long.
if you have experience using dried clover, shoot me a message.
i'd love to hear what you think.
there is an interesting old account of red clover tea being excellent brain support
for people who are over worked and starting to lose their mental dexterity
many good modern herbalists find this passage noteworthy
and feel that red clover tea is a nourishing tonic for the brain
i've read some pharmacological analysis of red clover
and they have well documented evidence that certain compounds in red clover
can in fact cross the blood brain barrier. how neat is that
*but* once again, sometimes different forms of herbal preparations have markedly different effects
and red clover is one of those. tincture isn't going to give you the complex nutrition of fresh red clover.
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