Wellness Benefits of Red Clover Herbal Tea

You'll love how very good red clover herbal tea can be for wellness. Once you've tasted this aromatic, beneficial herbal tisane, red clover tea may well become one of your favorites. 

Red clover tea is made from the dried purplish- or reddish-hued blossoms of the perennial red clover (Trifolium pratense) plant, which makes its home in grassy fields and meadows. 

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For centuries, red clover has been appreciated for its many helping properties, such as soothing coughs and colds, easing respiratory complaints, calming skin irritations, lessening arthritic aches and pains, alleviating stress, encouraging restful sleep, and so much more. 

If you've been looking for another beneficial, enjoyable herbal tea to add to your day, here are some reasons why red clover tea may be an excellent choice. 

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  • Reduce menopause symptoms with red clover tea.  Red clover is well-known for its ability to help with many of the physical, mental, and emotional effects of menopause. Many studies show that red clover may help to reduce the occurrence of hot flashes, encourage restful sleep, promote bone and cardiovascular health, and minimize headaches during menopause. Additional benefits this herbal tea may provide include boosting mood and energy and heightening libido. If you're looking for natural, effective support for some of the discomforts that can come along at this time of life, enjoying red clover tea regularly (up to 3 cups per day) may help. 

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  • Show your bones some love with red clover herbal tea. As we age, our bones naturally tend to weaken and lose bone mineral density, which can increase the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. Happily, there are steps we can take throughout life to support and strengthen bones, such as enjoying a nutritious diet, staying active with both cardiovascular and weight-bearing exercise - and treating ourselves to some red clover tea. Studies have found that regularly consuming red clover may help to strengthen and protect bones and prevent loss of bone mineral content and density. 
  • Red clover herbal tea is heart healthy. Enjoying red clover tea may support cardiovascular wellness by improving cholesterol, enhancing artery function and health, improving circulation, and reducing the risk of heart disease. 

A 2002 study at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre in Amsterdam found that regular intake of red clover can substantially reduce the frequency of hot flashes experienced during menopause - by up to 44%. 

  • Brew some red clover tea to boost mood and feel less stressed. If you've been feeling tense, worried, or fretful, simply steeping and sipping a cup of aromatic red clover tea may help improve mood and lift your spirits. A study examining red clover's effectiveness in helping postmenopausal women manage anxiety found that consuming red clover each day for 90 days significantly improved emotional wellness and mood. 

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Be Safe with Red Clover Herbal Tea

Red clover tea, when consumed in moderation, is generally considered safe for most healthy adults. If you're thinking red clover tea may be a great choice for you, introduce it to your diet slowly, until you know how your body will respond (some people are sensitive to red clover tea and experience headaches or upset stomach after consuming it). 

If you are being treated or taking medication for any condition (such as fertility drugs or medication for a blood or liver condition or any hormone-dependent condition or cancer), please consult with your primary care provider before adding this herbal tea to your routine. If you have a scheduled medical or dental surgery coming up, ask your physician if you should avoid red clover tea (with its blood-thinning properties) until after the surgery. 

Also, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, please avoid red clover tea until you've had a chat with your healthcare provider about best teas for you and your little one (and you can find more helpful information about teas and pregnancy on the Bellybelly.com.au website). 

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If you've been enjoying red clover tea to make the most of its wellness benefits, keep in mind that it may take a few weeks or even months to benefit fully from what this tea has to offer.

To mix things up a bit, remember that red clover herbal tea is not only so delicious on its own, but it's a popular addition to herbal tea blends, as well. Why not add this healthful herb to a favorite tea blend? 

Herbal teas have been used and valued for centuries not only for their delicious, refreshing taste, but also because they are quick, easy, satisfying ways to enjoy the many wellness benefits herbs can provide. Get to know more here about all sorts of herbal teas. 

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