Sweet clover: properties and cultivation

Sweet clover: properties and cultivation

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Perhaps known, when it is known, due to its effectiveness against cellulite, the Sweet Clover plant it has many other properties and can be considered a medicinal plant. It also grows spontaneously, but since it's so useful you can cultivate it and we'll see how.

Sweet clover: characteristics

Belonging to Leguminosae family Sweet Clover is an annual and biennial herbaceous plant with erect stems from which alternate elongated and trifoliate leaves emerge. In spring it produces flowers that are grouped in a spike, axillary and of a beautiful yellow color. The fruit also appears further ahead, which has the shape of a legume with a “bare” surface, usually green when it reaches a good state of ripeness.

It grows in Italy and also throughout Europe, especially in places with the sun, uncultivated, in areas where the climate is temperate. In ancient times it grew in the countryside and was mainly used to create garlands with its long stems, garlands that were placed on the heads of women for decorative purposes. Similar but smaller wreaths were also placed in closets as a deterrent against moths that even centuries ago damaged clothes.

Sweet clover: properties

The main properties of this plant concern circulation and water retention problems. The interesting substances are mainly preserved in the leaves and flowers, substances such as coumarin flavonoids, tannins and glucosides that release coumarins. They all have a draining effect that unites them but coumarin is also able to reduce the demolition of catecholamines, in particular adrenaline. This has benefits for the blood vessels that increase their ability to contract because catecholamines are powerful vasoconstrictors. The Melitol it also has a vasoprotective effect, so it increases the permeability of the walls of the veins.

This makes it a remedy for those diseases that relate precisely veins and varices. Among the disorders for which it is prescribed, we find, for example, venous and lymphatic insufficiency with the presence of edema and swelling in the lower limbs, water retention, varicose veins, phlebitis, heavy legs, hemorrhoids and the dreaded cellulite.

When taking the melitol it is made for internal use and an infusion is prepared with a tablespoon of dried leaves to be left to infuse in a cup of water for about ten minutes. Sipping it hot, we will benefit from its properties draining and vasoprotective. Alternatively we can get the mother tincture of sweet clover to be taken 2 times a day, away from meals, 30 - 40 drops each time in water, or the dry extract capsules always twice a day between meals.

Among the possible side effects of sweet clover there is headache that may occur accompanied from nausea and diarrhea. It is not recommended to use sweet clover as a remedy during pregnancy and breastfeeding, we avoid giving it to children under 10 years old.

Sweet clover water for the eyes

Among the products based on sweet clover there is also the eye treatment, the water of sweet clover, which you can try immediately by purchasing it online at this link. It is one of those natural remedies that are not well known but that once tried it never gives up. It acts as eye drops and is indicated for conjunctival inflammation and for the sty.

Sweet clover: cultivation

Being a plant that also grows spontaneously, it is not very difficult to grow it, just follow a few simple rules. It is annual and loves non-soils too humid and hilly, possibly with little limestone. Better if you have been growing legumes that have enriched it with the substances it needs

Towards the end of autumn or at most at the end of winter we can sow, forming rows. If we have a lot of land we can use a grain seeder. By the middle of July the plants will have reached maturity and will be ready for the big harvest so a mower may be needed. To prevent leaves and flowers from fermenting, they must be dried immediately. Let us remember that it should absolutely not be given to livestock as forage because it is toxic, but it is perfectly fine as a green manure plant because it releases a lot of nitrogen. A lot of good honey is also obtained from the sweet clover.

Sweet clover against cellulite

Cellulite is linked to circulatory problems so it is part of the problems that sweet clover can solve since it is effective against water retention, the same is true for orange peel skin.

Thanks to anti-edematous and anti-inflammatory properties of its leaves, if taken this plant increases the lymphatic flow and improves the situation. As always, we must not misunderstand: acting on cellulite does not mean losing weight and in fact even in this case no weight loss is expected unless it is due to the decrease in water retention. To lose kilos you need a low-calorie diet, there are no tricks.

The sweet clover can be taken for internal use orally or for external use with ointments, ointments and poultices. It may happen that we are advised to associate this herb with others such as centella which has the same positive effect on blood circulation and acts on swelling and a sense of heaviness in the lower limbs.

Variety of Sweet Clover

For the moment, we have carefully analyzed the variety of sweet clover that is best known as anti cellulite as well as eye drops, with the recommended water. There are also others, less used in the pharmaceutical field and therefore less known.

To make honey that we have mentioned, but which is not easily found on the market, it is better to use the Melilotus alba, particularly rich in nectar, for example. If, on the other hand, you want a decorative plant, you have to go in search of Melilotus coeruleus, with its beautiful bright blue flowers. Advance immediately that you will not be able to buy it but only admire it, the sale to the public is not allowed for now and it is grown almost only in the parts of Lake Zurich. It is also used, just think, to flavor a local cheese, it came from Asia Minor in the 16th century and has never been very widespread.

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