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A Female plant ally, 4 Leafed Shamrocks, and Clover Braids.

IMG_6732Marley, our 9 year old has an undeniable gift for finding 4 leafed clovers (Shamrocks) . This gift she inherited from her father’s mother, who looks into a clover patch and only sees the ones with 4 leaves, they just jump out at her.

They say that people who find four leafed clovers (shamrocks) can see fairies, and that finding 4 leafed clovers is good luck, because only roughly one in every 10,000 clovers has 4 leaves……the rest have 3.

IMG_5049Here is one of Marley’s recent 4 leaf clover hauls. She sits in a clover patch for a couple minutes and this is what happens.

These 4 leafed clovers, as well as a few beautiful red clovers that are popping up around our house in Seattle and the huge abundance of purple clovers that are blooming all over Fayetteville Arkansas (where I currently am as I write this, gazing out the window at a clover patch)……..are the inspiration for today’s post.

It seems as though the older I get the more I am attracted to plant allies that are powerfully medicinal for women, and I have been paying more attention to clovers recently.

IMG_6865They grow so abundantly and are so lovely, both the shamrocks and the flowers. Some people consider clover a common weed because it grows wild in so many places, and it is easily overlooked because of that. So many of our most potent plant allies are overlooked as common weeds!

Clovers are a wonderful flower for tea, because they are a great source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.

For women specifically, clover is very helpful in softening the symptoms of PMS, and Menopause because it has an estrogen like effect on the body. They are know to aid in communication and are widely used to aid in boosting female fertility!

Susan Weed on Red Clover and Fertility-

One of the most cherished of the fertility-increasing plants is red clover (Trifolium pratense). Common in fields and along roadsides, it has bright pink (not really red) blossoms from mid-summer into the chilly days of fall. A favorite flower of the honeybees, the tops (blossoms and appending leaves) are harvested on bright sunny days and eaten as is, or dried for medicinal use. The raw blossoms are delicious in salads and nutritious when cooked with grains such as rice or millet.

To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won’t work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of red clover infusion.

It is especially helpful if there is scaring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses, abnormal cells in the reproductive tract, or “unexplained” infertility. It may take several months for the full effect of this herb to come on and pregnancy may not occurs until you have used it for a year or two. You can improve the taste by including some dried peppermint (a spoonful or two) along with the dried clover blossoms when making your infusion. Treat the father of the child-to-be to some red clover infusion, too!

Read up here for more on the medicinal benefits of clover, and here on harvesting and drying your own.

Today’s braids are inspired by, and decorated with, clovers.

Peep this……….

Clover Braids DIY

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  • Begin by taking a section of hair from the front of one side, basically sectioning off from the top of the head straight down to behind one ear. Braid that section, then pull the braid across the back of the head.
  • Holding the ends of the braid, gently pull at the sides of the braid to widen it and make it more irregular.
  • Use a bobby pin to discreetly secure the braid to the head on the opposite side.
  • Repeat this with a section of hair from the other side.
  • Return to the first side, and create another section and braid beneath the first one.
  • Hold the ends, pull it apart, and overlap it to the other side, pinning it.
  • Do this once more from the other side. You will end up with 4 braids, pinned across the back of the head, back and forth.
  • Now, take all the rest of the hair that hangs down the back, and braid it. Secure the end with a clear elastic, pull the braid apart, then wind it into a flat braid against the back of the head. Pin it into place, hiding the end of the braid behind the bun.
  • Add more pins as needed to secure the hairstyle, and then go back over it and pull more pieces out gently to create more texture.
  • Adorn with clovers.

 

Thanks for being here!

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

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