How many of us have picked a four-leaf clover, since it was always known for bringing “good luck?” Well, I admit that I have. I was the kind of kid that believed in magic, such as the tooth fairy and Santa Claus.

Clover is an important food for honeybees and bumblebees, and clover leaves and flowers can be used to add variety to human meals as well. Small amounts of raw clover leaves can be chopped into salads, or can be sautéed and added to dishes for a little more green. As for the flowers, whether red or white, can be eaten raw or cooked, or dried for tea.

Clover has been used to treat respiratory ailments, such as asthma, whooping cough, and bronchitis. It has also been known to treat skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

Now, my mother is quite familiar with red clover as helping to treat older women’s menopausal symptoms.
Red clover’s brightly colored flowers contain many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium niacin, phosphorus potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. They’re a rich source of isoflavones. These are compounds that act as phytoestrogens (plant chemicals similar to the female hormone estrogen). Isoflavone extracts are touted as dietary supplements for high cholesterol and osteoporosis in addition to menopausal symptoms.

It’s very simple to make a tea using red clover. A tea is made from dried flower heads. To make the tea, use one to three teaspoons of dried red clover flowers for every cup of simmering (not boiling) water. Let steep for 15 minutes.

Another weed worth mentioning is “lamb quarters.” The young shoots and leaves can be eaten raw, or sautéed or steamed and can replace spinach in any meal. The seeds of this weed, which resemble quinoa, can be harvested and eaten, too.

Lamb’s quarters is rich in the minerals iron, phosphorus, and calcium. It also contains beta carotene and vitamins B1 and C.

The seeds are very nutritious and contain in addition to fat, about 49 percent of carbohydrate and 16 percent protein.

Lamb quarters was a food source that reaches back thousands of years. The seeds have been found in archaeological excavations at settlements from the Stone Age and they were found in the Oseberg ship, a Norwegian Viking ship built in AD820 and excavated in 1904.
This plant or weed was used traditionally as an herbal remedy for eczema, rheumatic pains, gout, colic, insect stings, and bites.

The sap extracted from the plant stems was used to reduce freckles and treat sunburns. It has recently been confirmed that lamb’s quarters can have a positive effect on chronic wounds.

Be sure to check out, “Lost Book of Remedies,”
which contains several pictures to help one identify the weed or plant. The book goes into depth about hundreds of healing plants, including weeds. It’s must-need for ALL wanting to find a way to either cut-back on pharmaceutical drugs or high medical expenses. Wouldn’t it be amazing that every plant or weed that grows in your yard offers food at your table along with providing medicinal remedies?

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. As with any suggestion concerning food or medicine, speak with a notable professional to learn more.

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