Clover meadow: medicinal properties, contraindications, reviews and photos of plants
There are many plants that treat nothingworse than medical drugs, and sometimes better, more effective. Just for such grasses, the clover is meadow. Therapeutic properties and contraindications (reviews of the plant note that the herb perfectly lowers cholesterol) should be studied in detail before use to avoid side effects.
Clover meadow: description
Clover is a perennial plant. Has a slightly pubescent stem and small globular flowers of red, lilac or white. Belongs to the family of legumes. Under favorable conditions, it grows to 30-50 cm. The root system is branched and has small tubers at the ends.
The flowering of the plant falls on the middle and endsummer. Just at this time it should be collected for storage. The culture fully ripens in late September. It is at this time that the plant gives the beans in which the seeds are found.
There are about 120 species of this plant. The most useful is the clover meadow. Clover is often grown as a feed for livestock. More grass is used in folk medicine and cooking. Inflorescences are especially valuable.
Culture grows in Europe, Asia, northern Africa and the territory of the Russian Federation. Grass can be found in meadows of medium moisture, along field roads or in forest glades.
The plant is rich in nutrients andcorrect application can bring invaluable benefit to human health. The grass can be grown on site or harvested independently. If there is no such possibility, then the plant is purchased at the pharmacy. The price of 50 g of dry grass varies around 50-70 rubles.
Chemical composition of grass
Grass clover grass grows everywhere. Known to almost everyone. Despite this, only a few use it in folk medicine, and even fewer people use it in cooking. It is rich in useful substances, such as glycosides, steroids, coumarins, saponins. The plant contains vitamins K, B and E. Saturated with ascorbic acid. It has phenolic carboxylic acids, as well as tannins. Contains quinones and fatty vegetable oils. Still in clover there is carotene, flavonoids, salicylic acid and a number of valuable macro- and miroelementov. It is the rich chemical composition of the plant that relates clover to medicinal herbs and gives it a mass of useful properties.
Properties of clover meadow
Clover meadow is a storehouse of useful elements. Has anti-inflammatory, tonic, wound-healing, antitumor, antiseptic, diaphoretic, antisclerotic. It is able to exert an expectorant and diuretic effect. The herb has astringent and choleretic effect. Will help stop the bleeding.
Properties of clover meadow have found their application in medicine, as part of many medicines.
Application of culture in medicine
What treats red clover meadow? This question is posed to people who are at least a little familiar with the properties of this herb. To begin with, the plant can be used both locally and inward, in the form of various infusions and broths.
Fresh leaves of culture are used in complexwounds and ulcers that do not heal for a sufficiently long time. They are finely chopped and applied to a sore spot. Similarly, the grass is used for burns, abscesses and other diseases of the skin.
Clover meadow (properties and contraindicationsdetailed in the instructions for use, but if the grass was bought in a pharmacy) is contained in cholagogue and breastfeeding. In the presence of rashes in infants, the broth of this plant is added to the bath.
To treat inflammation in gynecology, the root of the clover is used. It is also used as an additional agent in the treatment of cancer and tuberculosis.
The grass stems are effective in the treatment of scurvy, malaria,rickets. Reduce cholesterol in atherosclerosis. Decoction of clover can cure headache, cope with dizziness and increase appetite. Herbal tincture is used to treat asthma, anemia, shortness of breath, metrorrhagia. Clover juice will help cope with cough, cold, bronchitis, gout, poisoning. Effective in exudative diathesis and frequent fainting.
Broth from clover has found its application in the treatment of anemia, gastritis, scrofula, asthma, chronic protracted cough, diathesis, urolithiasis and cholecystitis.
The plant is able to relieve women of discomfort in menopause: to eliminate inflammation;
- remove the dryness of the vagina;
- stop hair loss;
- to get rid of insomnia;
- increase libido;
- relieve fatigue;
- to mitigate the tides.
The herb is used for epilepsy, angina,increased pressure, boils. The plant is used for abscesses, insect or animal bites. Indications for use are painful menstruation, gynecological diseases and anorexia.
Has special medicinal properties and contraindicationsclover meadow (reviews of people say that the plant gives a good result in the treatment of ulcers and gastritis, but it needs to drink a long time), which must be taken into account before applying the herb. Improper use of the plant can cause side effects.
In addition, one should refrain from treatmentclover to pregnant women and nursing women. Do not use herbal remedies for thrombophlebitis and varicose veins. Contraindication to the use of culture are diseases of the gastrointestinal apparatus, which are in the stage of exacerbation. Do not use inside infusions and decoctions of clover, if there is a predisposition to diarrhea. Refrain people who are prone to allergic manifestations and people with individual intolerance to the grass, as well as to patients after a stroke and heart attack.
Clover, if used inappropriately, can cause such negative reactions of the organism as:
- vomiting reflex;
- lowering of pressure;
- allergic reactions to the skin;
- pain in the muscle tissue.
Before using the herb should consult a doctor, as a number of medicines can not be combined with clover.
Growing clover at home
If you can, you can grow clover at home, especially since the plant is very unpretentious in the care.
For planting culture requires a sunny or slightly shaded area. Seeds are collected only from biennial plants, but to ensure better seedlings, it is better to purchase them in the store.
One square meter takes about 300 seeds. Pre-planting material is soaked in water for several hours. Immediately before planting the seeds are mixed with the earth in a large container. In this form, planting material is evenly distributed over the plot and covered with a layer of earth, the thickness of which should not exceed one centimeter. During the first seven days after planting, the soil should be well moistened. Water with a hose equipped with a spray.
The first shoots will appear two weeks aftersowing seeds. Since clover is a perennial plant, it is not necessary to sow it every year. Despite this, experts recommend every three years to update the herbage to improve the quality of grass.
Clover sown until mid-summer, only in this case, he will be able to mature and gain a foothold on the site.
Collection and procurement of raw materials
Meadow clover (photo above)refers to medicinal plants. Grass should be stocked during flowering. For harvesting it is necessary to cut the inflorescence and the leaves adjacent to it. Dried culture in the shade. The use of electric drying is allowed. In the latter case, the temperature should not exceed 60 ° C. At higher temperatures, the grass will lose the lion’s share of beneficial properties.
If rhizome is required for therapeutic purposes,harvest it after the flowering period. The root is dug out and thoroughly cleaned from the ground, washed. Dried rhizome, as well as grass, in a ventilated and dry room or on the street, in a place protected from the sun.
Collect raw materials in dry weather when the dew is gone fromplants. Harvested only in environmentally friendly places. You should not take the grass near the roads and dumps, in them the amount of harmful substances is more than useful.
Storage is carried out in dry, tightly closed.containers. Allowed to keep the grass in a canvas bag, paper box. Dry plant stored up to two years, and the root - up to one year. It is necessary to try to update the stock annually, as during long-term storage the clover may lose its useful qualities and its further use will lose all meaning.
Can have a very different use of clover.meadow Grass (the properties of this plant have been described above) for lotions is used as a decoction. To prepare it, dry flowers, in the amount of three tablespoons, pour a glass of boiling water and put in a water bath for a minute. Used for skin diseases, boils and eye inflammation.
When rheumatism and wounds will help the ointment, the compositionwhich includes 100 g of clover flowers and 50 g of any vegetable oil. The mixture is infused in a dark and warm place for about 14 days, filtered and used for its intended purpose.
In diseases of the internal organs helpsherbal infusion. To make it, two tablespoons of raw materials are poured with a glass of boiling water. Insist about an hour. Filter and drink 100 g three times a day after meals.
Tincture can be done on vodka. To do this, a glass of clover flowers should be poured 500 g of vodka. Infused mixture for ten days. From time to time, the tincture should be shaken. Take a teaspoonful for the night, pre-strain. The course of treatment is one month.
For serious illnesses such as cancer andtuberculosis, is used only as part of complex therapy clover. Medicinal properties and contraindications (reviews of women say that tea with clover not only makes you feel better during menopause, but also improves the skin, rejuvenates) should be checked with your doctor before using this tool.
Reviews on the use of plants
Has the most controversial clover meadow reviews. Healing properties and contraindications, unfortunately, are not always taken into account during patient therapy, which naturally affects the final result.
Opinions positive indicate that clover helpedget rid of acne on the back and face. People prepared a decoction with him and took a bath. According to them, the result was noticeable on 3-5 application. Acne began to go, but new ones did not appear. There are those that clover helped with stomach ulcers, reduced pain. These patients took a decoction of clover for a month and under the supervision of a physician. The herb helps with coughing, bronchitis and asthma. She has a cold faster. Women often drink decoction of clover with inflammation of the appendages and with heavy periods. Helped the plant and with frequent fainting, dizziness, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. Even now, according to people, the meadow clover strengthens the immune system well.
Negative reviews do not advise drinking brothclover unchecked. According to users, it can greatly reduce the pressure, especially with prolonged use. The herb thins the blood well, so people with cardiovascular diseases should be careful. Some, because of this particular plant, take clover not all the time, but alternating with other herbs. Clover can also cause allergies and hypersensitivity reactions. In this case, you should completely abandon the treatment with this herb.
In general, patients are satisfied with the results of therapy. They drink broth of this culture 2-3 times a year, for the treatment and prevention of certain diseases. It is noted that more frequent use threatens with negative consequences for the organism. There are those who find white clover more useful than red.