Little Purple Puff that Punches Cancer!

Did you know that you likely passed a commonly seen plant on your drive to work today that has huge health benefits which includes anti-cancer properties!  Red Clover, that pretty little purple puff that grows naturally around us here in Northern Idaho, is a staple of herbal blood cleansing formulas.  We commonly use it to feed livestock or weed-eat it if it gets in our way but red clover is simple to harvest and can be added to your pantry!  Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have found anti-tumor properties in red clover. These incredible benefits come from genistein, a biochemical in red clover, that has the ability to prevent tumors from developing the blood supplies they need to survive, thus starving them and killing them.  The following is valuable information on harvesting red clover at home as well as a great recipe for herbal tea that can be served hot or cold!  And if you are feeling adventurous with wellness, check out Rosemary Gladstar's “Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use” with Over 1,000 customers giving this book 5 Stars!

“Red Clover” Harvesting

HARDWARE:

  • Wire racks or dehydrator trays
  • Herb shears

HARVEST:

  • Red clover blossoms in the spring or summer are the sweetest flavor.
  • Snip the clover at least 2 inches down the stem (for drying purposes).
  • Avoid browned or closed flowers.

PREPARATION:

Using dehydrator trays:

  • Spread blossoms out onto dehydrator trays.
  • Leave the trays in the dehydrator WITHOUT turning it on.
  • When flowers are completely dry (and crispy), snip the flowers from the stems & discard the stems.
  • Store red clover in an airtight container or bag.

Using wire racks:

  • Spread blossoms out over wire racks.
  • Leave the wire racks to sit OUT of direct sunlight.
  • When flowers are completely dry (and crispy), snip the flowers from the stems & discard the stems.
  • Store red clover in an airtight container or bag.


“Red Clover Herbal Tea” Recipe

HARDWARE:

  • Favorite Tea Cup or Mug
  • Filtered water (the better the water, the better your tea will taste!)
  • Tea Ball or similar Steeping Accessory

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Tablespoon Red Clover (dried flowers)

PREPARATION:

  • Fill tea ball, tea bag or similar steeping accessory with Red Clover.
  • Pour 8 oz of filtered water at 175F (80C) over Red Clover.
  • Steep for 10 minutes.
  • Pat yourself on the back for taking a step in improving your health & wellness!

BREWTIME:

  • 10 minutes.

YIELDS:

  • 8 oz of Wellness!

SERVE:

  • Can be served as a Hot Brew or for Cold Brew pour herbal tea over ice for a velvety and refreshing iced tea!
PRO TIP:  
Using a French Press allows you to squeeze more of the goodness out of the red clover flowers.  You can also boost your daily tea, whether it be black, green, red or white tea, by adding a tablespoon of Red Clover!

 

ENJOY!

~Rex Theater Tea Co.

 

*Not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding because of the natural phytoestrogens found in the plant.

*Not recommended for hemophiliacs or someone who is taking blood thinners as there are some blood thinning properties to red clover.