Thanks Amethyst. I found an interview with a commercial herb grower. His clover stayed purple more or less not all brown like the interviewer said was all she could buy. Pick dry ripe full blossoms and dry them in a dryer. I used my oven on the very lowest setting, the first batch was brownish purple but after that there was less browning, I didn't go as long. Why I want clover?
Red clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones, which are water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens (known collectively as phytoestrogens). Red Clover is therefore used for hot flashes/flushes, PMS, breast enhancement and breast health as well as lowering cholesterol, improving urine production and improving circulation of the blood, to help prevent osteoporosis, reduce the possibility of blood clots and arterial plaques and limiting the development of benign prostate hyperplasia. (From Herbwisdom.com)
Combined with nettle and red raspberry leaf is supposed to be a good woman's fertility tea. I read one recipe that added mint for digestion, too.
Lady Light Seeker thanks for that great tea combo. Nettle has a lot of wonderful nutrients too, I;ll have to try making that tea.
My garden has both red and white clover. I pick the tops/flowers and airdry them. Some years there are more plants other years less. It grows just between the grass as do other herbs that selfseeded in grass.
Google searches for red clover bring up lots of sites with information, always read several sites.