It almost looks like alfalfa until its yellow or white flowers bloom. When you cut it, it smells heavenly. When you dry it for tea, you know you’ve prepared something that will feed you.
In ages past, before innerspring mattresses, when many people stuffed a mattress with herbs, hair, fibers and plants for bedding, sweet clover was one of those herbs that was added to the mattress stuffing. Its fragrance alone made for a good night’s sleep.
Sweetclover has been used for:
- Moth Repellent
- Inducing Urination
- Anti-Inflammatory (including Painful Menstruation)
- Nervous Tension and Insomnia
- Wounds, Cuts, Bruises and Hemorrhoids
- Protein Source
All right, so we no longer stuff our mattresses with Sweetclover to make them smell good. But it is handy to know that as much as humans love the smell of Sweetclover, moths do not. So place a sprig in your drawers, fold some into your blankets, hang a sachet in your closet, and repel moths.
If you’ve eaten a meal full of delicious dried beans, no matter how much you like them, they cause gas. Or if you’ve eaten too much or ingested too many sweets, the same result can happen. The best way to take care of this issue – and delicious as well – is to have a cup of Mint-Sweetclover Tea either during or after your meal.
1/2 teaspoon dried Mint
1/2 teaspoon dried Sweetclover
1 cup boiling water
Honey to sweeten, if desired
Pour water over dried leaves.
Let steep for 5-20 minutes.
Although Sweetclover is not a cure-all, it has been used to increase urination in those who have had difficulty in the past. Does this mean Sweetclover is a diuretic? I don’t know. I’m not a doctor, and I’ve never claimed to be. But it has been used for this purpose in the past. It is mild enough to try for this purpose. If you’re concerned, I recommend you see your physician. Just be aware that he may know less than you do about herbal cures.
One of the amazing things about Sweetclover is that it has been used as an anti-coagulant. This is good news for those prone to blood clots, those on high cholesterol drugs, or those who need to use blood thinners for a number of other reasons. It also increases blood circulation.
However, if you’re already on blood thinners, you really do need to check with your doctor before you sip Mint-Sweetclover Tea. This may interfere with your current medication or actually cause bleeding.
Nervous Tension and Insomnia
However, if it’s safe for you to sip Mint-Sweetclover Tea, try a cup before bed or in the evening after supper. It will reduce tension and help you enjoy a more relaxed evening.
Wounds, cuts, bruises and hemorrhoids
A Sweetclover wash or oil can be made to address wounds, cuts, bruises, and, yes, hemorrohoids. It has an anti-bacterial effect that is good for injuries.
1 teaspoon dried Sweetclover
1 cup boiling water
Pour water over leaves and cool
Apply as needed to affected areas
Stuff a jar with fresh, coarsely chopped Sweetclover flowers, stems and leaves.
Fill jar with olive oil or other pure vegetable oil.
Attach lid and shake to get all leaves covered with oil.
Set jar in sunny area. Unscrew lid and put over top loosely. You want moisture to evaporate and air bubbles to release.
Poke chopstick or table knife into mixture daily for one week to get rid of air bubbles, then weekly after that.
Leave in windowsill for 4 weeks.
Through strainer, strain leaves into dark glass jar with tight-fitting lid. Store in dark place.
Use as a topical remedy.
Although Sweetclover is not a complete protein, it complements brown rice and whole grains nicely. So if you’re going through a difficult time and you need extra protein in your diet, remember Sweetclover. It can be a great help.
Caution: Sweetclover can interfere with anti-coagulant medication, or if you already have bleeding issues, you may wish to avoid Sweetclover.