Habitat: Easily found along roadsides, in meadows and fields (usually in drier, more sandy soil).
Parts Used: Blossoms (although the leaves are edible as well).
What's it good for? Everything! Female reproductive problems (whether irregular cycles or difficulty conceiving) Anti-cancer cancer preventive herb (due to the Phytosterols). It's also high in protein, protein, minerals and vitamins. It's also a blood cleanser, anti-inflammatory, and beneficial for respiratory ailments. Whew!
Fresh or dry? It's an annual, so pick it while you can. But be sure to dry some for later months. (White Clover is pictured to the left. This variety is shorter and closer to the ground than Red Clover and the blossoms are smaller)
Okay, I'm going to hop on my soapbox for a minute here. (Ahem) Please, involve your children! Get them started early. Teach them to pursue wellness (it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle). Go out in the morning, together, to gather your herbs. (no phones or ipods or other tech distractions, please!) Sit in the grass with your basket and talk while you pick. Explain to them why you're gathering weeds from your yard. Talk about the Creator, who, in all His wisdom made these plants with us in mind. How He provides them for us to use and take care of. Talk about the history and many generation who relied solely on plants for healing. Enjoy the sunshine, birdsong, and conversation. Enjoy your children and teach them something. My children always look forward to going out and gathering together. It's one of our favorite things to do together.
(climbs back off soapbox...)
Making an herbal infusion
While both teas and infusions are beneficial, medicinal herbal infusions are much stronger than teas. They use more herbs and are steeped much longer. Typically, a tea uses 1-2 tsp of herb and a cup of boiling water, steeped for 10 minutes. An herbal infusion would use something closer to a handful of herb in a quart jar covered with boiling water. Steeped for hours, or possibly even overnight.