It has many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin C. and is rich source of isoflavones. Isofavones are chemically similar to estrogen and there have effects similar to those of estrogen. It is used by herbalists for those going through menopause. Medicinally it has been used for cleansing the liver and the blood, and helps with cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol levels. It can be used to treat psoriasis and eczema, acne, colds, digestion, infections, PMS, coughs, and sore throats. To make a tea from red clover, harvest the flowers when they first start to bloom at the beginning of the season for best results. You will need to dry them for a few days. I just put them on paper towels on a cookie sheet in my dining room.
Basic Red Clove Tea
1 cup dried red clover blossoms
2 tablespoons dried mint
4 cups water hot water
honey to sweeten
Pour boiling water over red clover blossoms and mint leaves. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, strain and sweeten to taste.
It is said the clover that grows on your property keeps the snakes away (my hubby will tell me to plant lots then!) It is intentionally planted along with grass to enrich pastures for cattle, horses, sheep and goats. It is cultivated in poor soil during crop rotations as it helps to increase nitrogen in the soil.
Folklore on clover says that fields of this flower are believed to attract fairies. A four-leaf clover is said to provide protection against the fae and has the ability to break fairy spells. Wearing a four leaf clover supposedly grants you the power to invisible fairies. Oh to find a four leaf clover!