Clover meadow - medicinal plant and excellent seasoning
The woodpecker, the red mush, the honey color,red-head, trinity - all these are popular names of clover meadow. In appearance - this is a small herbaceous plant, in rare cases reaching a height of up to half a meter. Its distinctive feature is small flowers of tender pink, reddish, lily or white hue, collected in neat spherical inflorescences. Leaves are triple, each of them has an oblong oval shape. The meadow clover grows on forest glades, along the roadsides, on the dry and floodplain meadows.
For a long time this plant has been used as afodder and honey. But most of all it is common in folk medicine and homeopathy. Inflorescences and apical leaves are used for treatment. They are collected during the whole summer. For better preservation of raw materials, plants break down in the afternoon, when there is already no dew. Inflorescences are dried under a canopy in a ventilated dark room or in a dryer at a temperature of about 70 ° C. After that, raw materials can maintain their healing properties throughout the year. It is recommended to store herbs in a glass container or linen bag.
Clover: useful properties
This plant contains enough(C, E, P, B2, B, etc.) and minerals (magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, lead, sodium, zinc, etc.) are necessary for the body. Clover is especially popular due to the contained in it coumarin - a component that reduces blood coagulability. Thanks to this property, herbal medicine is able to replace aspirin. Moreover, a natural analog is much safer than a chemical preparation.
Clover meadow has antiseptic,anti-inflammatory, expectorant, diaphoretic, astringent and desensitizing actions. It is used in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory and digestive systems, atherosclerosis, diabetes, rheumatism, hemorrhoids. Extremely useful is this plant for the female body: it can cure inflammation of the appendages and stabilize the menstrual cycle.
In addition to all of the above, clover increasehuman immunity and physical activity. It is recommended to use it in the period after strong stresses, heavy loads, and also in the winter when the body is weakened due to lack of vitamins and sunlight.
Methods of application
Like most of the medicinal herbs, the clovermeadow has several dosage forms. The most popular broth. For its preparation, the dry raw material is poured with hot water in a ratio of approximately 1:10. The product is then boiled in a water bath in glass or enameled pots for half an hour. After this, the broth is filtered and the volume is adjusted with warm, purified water to the original one. Use this product 4 times a day for a tablespoon before eating.
Another dosage form is infusion,is made a bit easier: dry inflorescences are poured with boiling water (the ratio is the same as when preparing the broth) and insisted for about an hour. They are taken three times a day for approximately 70 ml.
Also used for medicinal purposes is clover juice. It is squeezed out of a fresh plant and consumed on a teaspoon 4 times a day.
Among other things, clover meadow oftenis used as an additive to food. For example, fresh plants are added to salads from vegetables, soups, meat dishes, and dry ones to bread flour and cheese sauces. In the East, young inflorescences are used in sapling cabbage, harvesting winter canned salads.
Do not use clover during pregnancy,individual intolerance, low blood coagulability. In addition, treatment with this plant is contraindicated in thrombophlebitis and at the risk of stroke.