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four herbs 4 detox red clover

April 2024

Four Herbs 4 Detox

  • Red Clover
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Yarrow
  • Cayenne

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The Water Element

Spring was traditionally a time of transformation and birthing. Water is considered the carrier of life in nature and all beings. It nourishes the plants in the garden and the cells in our bodies. At the same time, when rivers rise, water can carry debris, rocks, and dead plants. In the body, waste products are removed by the fluids of the lymphatic system.

Alterative herbs are herbs that alter the flow of fluids in the body. 70% of our body is made of fluids. Fluids play an important role in the body. They carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells and remove waste from the cells.

By acting on fluids, alterative herbs influence metabolism. The action on metabolism is building (AKA anabolic) and breaking down (AKA catabolic).

Many alterative herbs are high in minerals which makes sense since they work on the water element in the body. These minerals are important catalysts for many chemical processes. Including energy production and nerve conducting.

On the other hand alterative herbs are beneficial for supporting clean up in the body.

red clover for detox

What are Endotoxins?

Many people, when they think about detox, think about toxins that we accumulate from our environment, food, or through drinking coffee or alcohol. But the body produces toxins when it produces energy; cells, viruses, and bacteria die in the body and need to be removed, and hormones and enzymes need to be recycled. This is where alterative can be handy.

Because alteratives work on the water element, they have an affinity for the blood, lymphatic system and kidneys.


Red Clover

One important alterative found in meadows is Red Clover. It is considered relatively safe for everyone and is an easy plant to forage; just ensure that the field you forage in was not sprayed.

Red clover is cooling and moistening, meaning it will be helpful in conditions that are hot (inflammation) and dry (congestion).


A Nutrative Herb

Red clover is among our most nutrient-dense herbs. It is rich in protein, vitamin C, a spectrum of B vitamins, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and more. Hence, red clover was used for centuries to feed cattle.


Red Clover For Detox

In addition to being nutrient-dense, cooling and moistening red clover is known to clean the blood. It was traditionally used for many blood conditions, including anemia.

When the body can’t eliminate toxins through the other elimination channels, they come out through the skin as eczema or acne.

Red clover tea was used internally and as a wash for skin ailments. It is specifically indicated when the skin is dry, flakey, itchy, and inflamed.


 A Woman’s Ally

Traditionally, red clover was used for the female reproductive system. A “phytoestrogen,” red clover will bind competitively to your estrogen receptors but with a weaker binding effect. By binding to your estrogen receptors, red clover keeps them “busy” or blocked so your estrogen can’t bind to them, thus reducing the estrogen-dominant pattern.

Red clover was also used for hot flashes in menopause, uterine fibroid, heavy, painful menstrual cycle, breast cysts, and inflammation.


How To Use Red Clover

Because red clover works on the fluid element, it is best used in tea. In early summer, when it is young, it can be found in fields and meadows.

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Disclaimer: This document is for educational and informational purposes only and solely as a self-help tool for your own use. I am not providing medical, psychological, or nutrition therapy advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your own medical practitioner. Always seek the advice of your own medical practitioner and/or mental health provider about your specific health situation. You can view my full disclaimer here.
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