Clover, more than just a symbol of luck
Clover or trefoil is a common name for plants of the genus Trefoil where tres stands for three, and folium for leaf. Plant Consists of about 300 species of plants in the leguminous pea family Fabaceae.
It usually inhabits Northern hemisphere but can be found in Africa and South America.
Clover has a deep root and extracts food from deeper layers of soil. It has nodule bacteria on the root that attract nitrogen and in that way, enriches the soil with nitrogen.
This is why clover is being used in crop rotation, to enrich the soil every 7 or 8 years.
Four and more
Clovers are tree leafed plants that occasionally have four or more leaflets. These four-leaf clovers are considered to be lucky.
The record for most leaflets is 56, set in May 2009. It was discovered by Shigeo Obara in Japan. Obara studied clovers for many years and was the finder of the previous record holder in this category.
Shamrock comes from the Irish word “seamrog”, meaning “summer plant”. Druids considered amazing vitality of the shamrock to be a sign of sacredness.
Irish saint St. Patrick compared the plant’s tri-part leaves to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Occasionally shamrocks are found with four leaves. These are rare and considered to be very lucky for the finder.
Shamrocks are often associated with leprechauns, a generally harmless type of fairy that protects the gold. If a human should attempt to capture a leprechaun to learn the whereabouts of his gold, the leprechaun may hypnotise or trick human. The shamrock can undo the malevolent magic of a leprechaun.
Highly appreciated in folk medicine
Folk medicine thinks highly of clover. It is full of herbal hormones, vitamin E, protein, selenium, zinc, and magnesium, and is believed to stimulate female fertility.
Red clover can be used externally, as a moist tea compress, to soften hard glands, mammary glands, gout, and rheumatism.
It is also used in treating bronchitis, asthma, and as an anti-inflammatory remedy. Red clover is known to help with osteoporosis because it has a high level of isoflavone.
Research has shown that specific forms of isoflavone help regulate hormonal balance in women, prevent osteoporosis and reduce cholesterol. Isoflavone is proved to have a good effect on prostate cells, making them produce defend mechanisms against cancer cells.
It’s a great blood and liver purifier, and some Phyto therapists claim to treat all types of cancer. Clover is used for decades as a remedy to relieve menopausal symptoms, including mood swings and hot spots, sweating, decreased libido and dryness of the vagina.
Because of its healing properties, clover is used in traditional natural hormonal replacement therapy.