PMS Relief: Red Clover Tea

Drink this natural diuretic to relieve bloating

| February/March 1999

  • Red clover, here as a tea, contains phyto­estrogens such as genistein and diadzen.

You may know red clover if you live or grew up in agricultural states, where it is often used as animal fodder. But don’t let this fool you. Scientific research shows that red clover contains phytoestrogens such as genistein and diadzen. Traditionally, red clover has been used as a diuretic and general tonic.

I drink two to three cups of Red Clover Tea each day. During growing season, you may want to grow it yourself and, once the blossoms appear, pluck them and toss them into a salad.

To make a tea:

1. Steep 1 tablespoon of the dried tops in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Strain, add a little honey if you like, and drink. You may prepare this tea in larger quantities, brewing 1 tablespoon of herb for every cup of water.

3. Serve hot or refrigerate, adding ice and a lemon slice when you’re ready for a cold beverage.

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