It has been such a rocket ride getting to our new digs. Just about six weeks ago we first visited Denison with an eye for moving here. The red clover was fully abloom and was a blaze of magenta. We were so looking with shotgun vision that I did not take the time to truly visit the detail. Something that one must do.
While the red clover has moved past it short blooming season, it is still an attractive subject. I knew of clover honey but did not know of the natural healing benefits of red clover.
In alternative medicine, Trifolium pratense (red clover) is promoted as a treatment for a variety of human maladies, including coughs, disorders of the lymphatic system and a variety of cancers. However, according to the American Cancer Society, “available clinical evidence does not show that red clover is effective in treating or preventing cancer, menopausal symptoms, or any other medical conditions.”
Dietary amounts of red clover are safe, but medicinal quantities may cause rash-like reactions, muscle ache, headache, nausea, vaginal bleeding in women, and slow blood clotting.
Due to its activity on estrogen receptors, red clover is contraindicated in people with a history of breast cancer, endometriosis, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, or other estrogen-sensitive conditions, but others have suggested the high isoflavone content counteracts this, and even provides benefits in these conditions.
Due to its coumarin derivatives, it should be used in caution in individuals with coagulation disorders or currently undergoing anticoagulation therapy.
It is metabolized by CYP3A4 and therefore caution should be used when taking it with other drugs using this metabolic pathway.
There is evidence that red clover may cause infertility.
Additionally, it is the national flower of Denmark and the state flower of Vermont.
Who knew ? monos en theos ††† jim