Red Clover is indigenous to Europe and Asia. It grows wild in meadows and is a main part of the diet for grazing animals. It has become naturalized to grow in North America and is considered to be one of the best sources for isoflavones. Isoflavones are a plant chemical that acts like an estrogen.
How to use Red Clover
Red Clover has a distinct red flower that grows on a branched stem. The Red Clover flower is edible and often used in salads or as decoration on cakes or other food items. When used medicinally the flower is dried and crushed; it is then used in teas, tinctures, topical treatment or made into capsules for oral consumption. Read more
As far back as biblical times, Fenugreek has been used to promote increased flow of breast milk. Fenugreek is native to Europe and Asia and is a member of the legume family. Like Red Cover it is a phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are plants chemicals that have properties similar to the female hormone estrogen. A compound named diosgenin which is also found in the Fenugreek is what is attributed to the increase of breast milk. Scientist believe that the reason Fenugreek increases the production of breast milk is because Fenugreek stimulates sweat glands and the human breast is a modified sweat gland.
The Fenugreek plant is grown in the US as well as in other countries to be used as a food condiment, dye and medicine. The plant blooms with white flowers in early summer. These flowers turn into long slender pods which hold the brown seed which is used to create commercial products. In India and China this herb is used to treat arthritis, improve digestion, and treat upper respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis.