Red Clover (Trifolium pretense) is a species of clover originally from Europe and North America. Also knows as wild clover, this beautiful plant has white arrow-shaped patters on their leaves and the flowering tops are commonly used in botanical medicine. Red Clover is the national flower of Denmark and the state flower of Vermont.
The isoflavones and phytoestrogens from red clover have been used to treat the symptoms of menopause for many years. The high amounts of isoflavones such as genistein, which have estrogen-like properties, can reduce the frequency of hot flashes in postmenopausal women. An average of 80 mg of isoflavones per day is suggested in some studies. However, pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid ingesting red clover.
Studies have showed that red clover can be used as a cough expectorant. This plant may promote discharge of mucus from the respiratory passages. Red clover supplementation produces gradual changes in the body, usually by improving nutrition, working as a “blood cleanser.”
Red clover is traditionally taken as a tea. Two or three teaspoons of dried flowers can be added to a cup of boiling water, and then covered for ten to fifteen minutes. Three cups can be drunk each day. It’s also available as a supplement in capsules, tablets or liquid form.