Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all you green-beer-drinking, irish-for-a-day revellers! In honor of this day, let’s talk about something else that usually gets associated with the Luck of the Irish; Clover.
Did you know that clover actually has quite a few benefits, even the non- 4-leafed kind?
For starters, clover flowers are sweet, rich in nectar, highly nutritious, and make a delicious honey.
(flickr photo by user tolka rover)
Because it is fast growing and spreads easily, clover makes a great groundcover, especially in areas prone to soil erosion.
(flickr photo by caffinara)
Red clover is actually a legume, (who knew?!) and contains phytoestrogens like those found in soy. These are used by many naturopaths to treat symptoms of menopause, including osteoporosis.
There is also evidence that using it to treat the circulatory system will improve the health of veins and arteries.
Sweet clover has been used to treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids with some success.
You can also eat it! The red is sweeter than the white, and can be made into a nutritious tea, or the leaves can be cooked or eaten in salads. Red clover is full of many nutrients, including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.
(flickr photo by carly & art)
oh, and the flowers make great hairpieces!
(flickr photo from hellopink)