I've gotten a few emails from people telling me how they (or close relatives/friends) have had conception success with RED CLOVER. I know that red clover is a great blood tonic, but hadn't thought of it too much vis a vis fertility. I do know that it's totally benign (don't know if this is a Minnesota thing, but we used to pick those juicy buds and eat them or suck out the little bits of "honey" in the individual petals while waiting for the school bus--watch out, though, because bees like the "honey" too!). My mom said she read somewhere that red clover is also good for asthma.
The dried unprocessed flowers (which I've found in the bulk area of several organic food co-ops) are best, according to herbal expert Susun Weed:
"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."
To be filed under: can't hurt, may help, and delicious in salad.