A summer herb walk
The herb red clover is, of course, the namesake of Red Clover Clinic. I am often asked the question: “Why red clover?”
I have had a fondness for red clover since I was a child. I’m pretty sure that along with dandelions, red clover was one of my first live herb interactions. I remember running through the pasture on my grandparents’ farm, picking red clovers and plucking out the individual petals to suck the sweet nectar out of them. I have always thought that red clovers have a joyful, playful energy, so what better name for my clinic?
Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a lymphatic herb and is used to treat abnormal swelling. It is also cool and moistening to dry and irritable tissues.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a member of the mint family and is one of the most commonly used herbs in my clinic. It is soothing to highly stressed people, suffering from anxiety, palpitations, and insomnia. It is a heart tonic, and it calms the sympathetic nervous system. Though quite bitter, people really enjoy motherworts soothing effects.
Sweet leaf (Monarda fistulosa) is a wonderful herb that is native to North America. It is known by many names, including wild bergamot, bee balm, and wild oregano. Like motherwort, it is also a member of the mint family.
Sweet leaf is pungent and stimulating, much like its cousin oregano. It is especially useful when the digestion isn’t working properly, be it constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, gallbladder congestion, etc. It is also effective in cases of urinary tract infections, both acute and chronic, as well as fevers.