Sweet clover – a common sight in parks, gardens and everywhere where humans are. But, did you know it’s also packed with medicinal benefits which make it a useful herbal friend in your medicine cabinet?
Blood circulation and skin
Sweet clover is valued for its medicinal uses because the flower contains coumarinic acids. Coumarin is the active ingredient in prescription anticoagulants (blood-thinning medications). Its presence in sweet clover allows it to reduce inflammation and swelling by increasing the flow of blood between the heart and the veins.
As an herbal remedy, sweet clover is used in the treatment of bruises, hemorrhoids , and varicose veins . Its wound-healing properties have been confirmed in tests conducted on animals.
Taken internally as a tea or as a tincture, sweet clover relieves discomfort in the legs, particularly night cramps, itching , and swelling. The herb also supports the traditional medical treatments of vein inflammation, blood clots , and congestion of the lymph nodes. Applied externally as a poultice, sweet clover speeds the healing of bruises, painful joints and eases the swelling of hemorrhoids.
Because of the anti-inflammatory properties it is also useful with bronchitis and asthma, as well as all respiratory issues. It helps the lungs loosen and expel the phlegm.
Drinking a cup of sweet clover tea can help with an upset stomach, indigestion and as a relief from flatulence.
Sweet clover has also been employed in the form of a laxative (purgative) and diuretic (promoting flow of urine) and helping the body release the excess fluids.
Sleep and anxiety
This herb also possesses mild tranquilizing and antispasmodic properties and is prescribed for treating insomnia or sleeplessness, particularly among children, and anxiety, as well as headaches.