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Common Sweet Clover for headaches


Although herbs can be beneficial, they should always be used with caution like any medicinal thing. Sweet clover is no exception.

Dillon is a young fella that visited here recently and he gets headaches occasionally so he was interested when I started teaching him about this particular clover. There was some not so far away, so he experimented with a little tea from it to see if it worked for him. Next thing I knew he was making it often. He had a pile of it drying in the bay window. I asked him if he had a headache that often. He didn’t and so I had to reinforce the part of the lesson about being cautious. Sweet clover can also thin a person’s blood so that a bad cut could become a serious problem with the bleeding.

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picking the clover with a poppy over each ear

 

 

He thinks the tea helped. He also liked the honey a lot. So he now wants a natural drink he can have often without worrying about the side effects of over-usage. I told him that all things need to be taken in moderation anyway, so he should get used to not over indulging in one particular beverage. In my opinion plain water is the safest.

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Sweet Clover plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

It used to be said that an adult should drink 8 cups of water per day. Now ‘they’ have changed their minds. In some people and at certain times this amount isn’t necessary. If more water is drank than you need then it just works your system more than necessary. I wonder if this information will change again before next year. I drink when I’m thirsty and extra if I’m not sweating enough.

That’s my take on it. What’s yours?

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12 Responses to “Common Sweet Clover for headaches”

  1. Good post, and GREAT lesson in moderation. As far as hydration goes, I am familiar with the different schools of thought and I am with you when you say that it’s an individual thing. People have to learn to listen to their bodies. But most would rather have rules and charts.
    A reliable way to know if you’re drinking enough is to check the color of your urine. It should be fairly clear. That means your body is now mostly clear of the waste. I am sure that the urine color test would not be that popular in fad diets. However maybe if people had a nice expensive Pantone color chart that would be more appealing.

  2. Btw the poppies over the ears is good for a giggle.

  3. Naomi says:

    Have you ever tried using sweet clover for headaches? I don’t get too many, so I haven’t tried it.
    I was wondering what he had over his ears! Thanks for the clarification.
    It’s a hard concept to teach a child that they need to be moderate, but it’s probably one of the most important. Being in tune to what’s best for our bodies takes a life of learning.
    I’ve wondered about water consumption as well. It would depend on so many things. Weight, temperature, health, medication, exercise, how many raw fruits and veggies you consume, etc.
    You can overdue even the good things in life, such as water. People have actually died over drinking too much water.

    • sherry says:

      I didn’t know of anyone dying directly from it, wow. I don’t get headaches unless my neck is wrong and then I correct it, or maybe once in a purple moon otherwise, so I haven’t tried it. That’s why I had many questions of the young guy trying this.

  4. Pennie says:

    What’s your ratio on dried clover per cup of water? I’m a headachy person so this would be interesting to try.

    • sherry says:

      I’ve gone at about this rate:{http://www.rxlist.com/sweet_clover-page3/supplements.htmFor poor circulation (chronic venous insufficiency)}: 2-3 cups of sweet clover tea daily. A cup is made by steeping 1-2 teaspoons finely chopped sweet clover in 150 mL boiling water for 5-10 minutes and then straining. If you use sweet clover, be sure to have liver tests done, especially if you have a liver disease or existing liver damage. Too much (like most things) can cause side effects, so read up on that too.

  5. Anna-Marie White says:

    Yes be cautious, nobody on this blog or post has any medical training; we are all just learning.
    I used to eat so much clover when I was a kid (pretending to be a horse) that I am lucky I didn’t bloat and drop dead. I gave myself quite the belly ache.

    • sherry says:

      Really? I can hardly picture that…but now that I think of it, I used to pick a lot of grass and eat the tender ends when I was bored. I never considered it grazing.

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