Forage Some Wild Pink Clover to Make this Amazing Lemonade
Nothing beats the hot summer heat like this cool, refreshing lemonade. Forage some wild pink clover to make this amazing lemonade for your next party or barbecue.
If you spend time outdoors, then you know that clover is abundant from late spring until the first freeze of winter. Clover is not just a wonderful source of food for honeybees but has wonderful culinary and medicinal uses for humans too. Full of nutrients and healing properties, clover is a great addition to your diet.
The clover tea needs to be made a day ahead of time in order to properly steep and benefit fully from the blossoms.Let's find some pink clover to make some of this amazing Pink Clover Lemonade! #homemade #foraged #lemonade Click To Tweet
To Clean Clover
Simply pinch off the flowering tops. Try to remove as much of the greenery as possible. Submerge them in cold water to remove any dirt or bugs that may be hiding within the flowers. Drain, rinse again and then spread out on a clean cloth to dry.
It’s preferable to use glass or stainless steel containers and utensils to make this drink. The chemicals from plastic and aluminum may leach into your finished drink, altering the taste and health benefits.
Take advantage of not just the pretty color of pink clover, but add it to a cool summer drink to reap some of the health benefits also.
Wild Pink Clover Lemonade
- 6 cups filtered water (do not use treated city tap water)
- 2 tbsp fresh pink clover blossoms
- 3 cups lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 cups filtered water, chilled
- In a large stockpot, bring water to just boiling.
- Place clover blossoms in a heat-safe bowl.
- Pour hot water over them.
- Cover and steep until liquid is room temperature, or overnight.
- Strain blossoms from liquid and chill for 4 hours (or longer).
- Whisk together lemon juice and sugar in a large glass pitcher.
- Add cold water and continue to whisk until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Add chilled tea to lemonade and mix well.
- Add more sugar to taste.
- Serve chilled.
- Raw honey may be substituted for the sugar in this beverage at the same amount as above.
Health Benefits of Clover Explained
Believe it or not, clover is high in protein. Clover (primarily pink and red) is considered to be an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, chromium, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, and thiamine.
They are also a good source of water-soluble chemicals which serve as estrogen. Because of this, clover is a great help in relieving symptoms of menopause. So not only are you cooling off with a refreshing drink, but you are helping your menopausal friends with their hot flashes. That’s a good friend! The many minerals in clover may help regulate hormones, further helping the body’s chemical balance.
Clover can be used as a diuretic and thus reduces inflammation. It can possibly promote muscle relaxation. It may help alleviate cramps and aches. White clover may also be effective in reducing inflammation in those with arthritis. It also decongests the salivary glands and reduces ocular inflammations.
Clover can be beneficial in treating skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema. I am currently also foraging pink clover to make a healing salve to (hopefully) help with City Spouse’s skin conditions related to his autoimmune issues.
May Help Cancer Patients
The holistic community has been experimenting with clover as a cancer-fighting agent. Uses in alternative medicine include the management of certain cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases.
Red clover is rich in coumarins that are chemical compounds with anti-coagulant properties. Hence, this herb offers protection against heart disease. It thins the blood and does not allow plaque to build up on the walls of the arteries.
Side Effects and Warnings
Some general side effects caused due to excess consumption of clover include headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Its high concentration of estrogen can also upset hormonal balance in women. Medicinal use of these herbs should be administered under the supervision of a medical practitioner.Let's find some pink clover to make some of this amazing Pink Clover Lemonade! Click To Tweet