I want to share with you how RED CLOVER (Trifolium pratense) can help women and estrogen.
Yes, this common plant we all try to get rid of in our gardens. This weed can be serious medicine.
One fascinating fact about red clover is that it can be an estrogenic adaptogen – by either increasing or decreasing estrogen levels, depending on what your body may need.
Red clover contains phytoestrogens – naturally occurring estrogens (isoflavones, coumestrol, a phytoestrogen, more potent than genistein found in soy or kudzu) – which would benefit women in peri- or menopause who suffer because of dropping estrogen levels and symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia.
Yet, red clover has also shown to inhibit binding of estradiol (stronger estrogen) – making it anti-estrogenic. This means that women who suffer from symptoms of estrogen dominance will benefit from red clover as well.
Furthermore, red clover is also antioxidant, antitumoral, antispasmodic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing (when applied topically, best in balms).
How to use red clover?
The best way to use it is in the form of a tea (infusion) or tincture.
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- 1½ cups dried organic red clover (I get this one)
- 4 cups boiling water
- Pour water over the red clover and steep overnight.
- Strain and drink within 2 to 3 days.
- Refrigerate after straining.
- The medicinal dose is one cup, 2 times a day.