- For the guys, clover helps with prostate health and UTI’s and for the ladies, red clover has high amounts of isoflavons which acts like estrogen and can help with any menopause symptoms.
- In general it is known as a blood purifier and can help with liver health.
- Flowers are crushed and applied to insect bites and stings.
- Infusion can be used daily for several weeks at a time to balance hormones and promote lymph flow.
- Make a tincture and drink for eczema and psoriasis.
- Use in a compress for arthritic pains and gout.
- Make an ointment and Apply topically to lymphatic swellings.
- 5 to 10 drops tincture in 20 ml water (a full eyecup) or a well-strained infusion is used for conjunctivitis.
- A syrup made from the infusion is used for stubborn, dry coughs.
But all in all, it is delicious on toast! You can add a handful of fruit to create different flavors, just omit the strawberries in the following recipe.
- 2 1/2 cups white wine
- 1 cup fresh clover blossoms
- 4 cups sugar
- 1/4 tbs lemon juice
- 3 ounces of liquid pectin
- a few small wild strawberries, or 1 large one, sliced
- Bring wine to a boil and pour over petals, toss in strawberries.
- Cover and steep until liquid has cooled, then strain out flowers leaving only liquid.
- Combine 2 cups of this flower infusion with sugar and lemon juice.
- Bring to a boil over high heat and as soon as the sugar has dissolved, stir in the pectin.
- Return to a rolling boil, stirring, and boiling for exactly 1
- Remove the jelly from the heat and skim off any foam.
- PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.
A trick for any jellies, is to add a tablespoon of butter to the boiling water/pectin mix, this will help reduce foam. Also, wild flower jellies can take up to 2 weeks to set properly. Set the jars aside and try not to move them. Or eat as a syrup.