Monday, August 11, 2014

Sweet Clover

Sweet clover is an herb that grows along the roadsides in Pine Valley.  It has white or yellow flowers, smells of vanilla and has been used for fodder for cows.  The flowering branches and leaves have also been used to make medicine.

Sweet clover has been  used to increase the loss of water from the body through the urine (as a diuretic). It is also used for varicose veins and to relieve symptoms of poor blood circulation (chronic venous insufficiency) including leg pain and heaviness, night cramps, itchiness, and fluid retention or edema.

Sweet clover is sometimes currently used along with regular medicines for treatment of blood clots in the veins, as it is a source of coumarin.  It is the coumarin that gives sweet clover the vanilla scent.

Other uses have included treatment of hemorrhoids and blockages of the lymphatic system.  Some people apply sweet clover directly to the skin for bruises, or make a salve with it to treat bug bites.  Sweet clover is also an ingredient in herbal teas.

**This information is for educational purposes only.  If you have a medical condition, please contact your health care provider for expert advice.
by Laura Bergeson

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