Clover grows wild in many areas and it has long been used as an herbal remedy in the form of a steeped tea. Clover is a pleasant plant containing many nutrients such minerals like calcium and Vitamins B and C. Medical research has shown that the isoflavones in red clover prevent some forms of cancer. Red clover is the most common American variety of clover. It has historically been used as a home remedy treatment for skin rashes, children’s cough, and as a blood thinner. Because red clover does contain isoflavones—which have estrogen-like side effects, some may choose to avoid it.
Red clover is used in a variety of ways in the kitchen, but making clover tea is the most common method of consumption.
Step 1 - Harvest Clover
First gather 1 or 2 handfuls of clover blossom. This plant is easy to harvest and may even be growing in your own backyard or garden. Before gathering the flowers, ensure that no pesticides or other poisons have been used in the area. Keen plant growers might decide to grow their own clover on a window or in a greenhouse in order to ensure the quality of the blossom.
Step 2 - Dry Blossoms
Put the blooms between 2 paper towels and allow to dry naturally in a warm, dry environment, such as an airing cupboard. You can also dry quickly using a microwave. Once the clover is dry, take off the petals and dispose of any thick stalks.
Step 3 - Make Tea
To make a clover tea, you will need:
- 1 cup dried blossoms
- Dried mint
Place the blossoms and mint into a bag or into a tea leaf strainer. Lower into a pot of boiling water. For each person drinking the tea, there should be 1 cup of dried blossoms to 4 cups of water. When the leaves have been in the hot water for 10 minutes, strain, and then add the honey to the tea.
Fresh Clover Tea
It is also possible to make clover tea just using fresh-picked blossoms, although you will need to use 2 cups of flowers for every 4 cups of water if they are fresh. It may also be more difficult to remove stalks and other tough fibers if the blossoms are not dried.
Making a long-term clover tea is also very simple: place the dried blossoms and a few clover leaves at the bottom of a glass jar. Fill with boiling water, and then close the lid tightly—allowing the herb to remain in the water overnight. The next day, strain out any clover material, and then drink as often as required. New batches can be made regularly.
Iced Clover Tea
Instead of making traditional hot tea—you can also make an iced tea from your clover with 6 cups of water and an ordinary tea bag. Add the clover blossoms and mint to the mixture once the tea has been added to ice, and then serve with honey or lemon.