I got great sleep last night! Shocking, I know. I have started a eucalyptus tincture this morning. I'll start an elder one a bit later. I'm glad I read on this one before doing it. The tincture should only be done with the elder flowers (which I have), though the leaves and berries are also medicinal. These 2 are labs for this semester so we'll discuss them more next semester. I have the children eating their breakfast. I have a day where I don't have to do laundry! LOL I do have to take out the trash and go to the store and buy a few things. Hubby once again didn't make enough money to get a paycheck this week so no money to pay the rest of the bills on Monday but I do have a few bucks left to buy a few food items to get us through the next week. With world-wide crop failures, trucking is getting more competitive on loads. Less things to ship. We talked about food-growing and time and the sprinkler system have been my issue. It looks like I'll be putting in raised beds to work around the issue of the sprinkler. This way I can til the soil without having to worry about the sprinkler system. Now I just need to finish school so I have time. I think I can start with a winter crop in December, though. I don't think I'll have 3 classes that last semester in January so I should be okay. Grow some garlic and things like that.
Since I'm going back to square 1, I'm going to start with red clover since I don't have a virtual herbarium posted on it yet. I'll be writing one while I do these posts over the next few days. I didn't save the link to my class lesson so I can't properly cite it in my herbarium but I'll do the best I can. For those new here, you'll see the list of things below I break out over a period of a few days explaining each item as I learn about them. Once I have explained them here, I then put the same information on my Herbal Lists page so you don't have to go digging when the same terms come up later to refresh your memory. That same page also has my books listed in proper citation. Once I get the red clover herbarium entry done, I'll post it on the herbarium page. In the process of going back over the previously discussed herbs, I'll also update those herbariums. So, for today, here is your introduction to red clover.
Constituents: Isoflavones (biochanin A, Saidzein, formononetin, genistein, pratensein, trifoside); flavonoids (pectolinarin, kaempferol); volatile oil (furfural); clovamides (L-dopa-caffeic acid conjugates); coumarins (coumestrol, medicagol, coumarin); Miscellaneous: a galactomannan, resins, minerals (iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper, molybdenum), vitamins (A and B), phytoalexins. (Hoffman, p. 590) (Mineral and vitamin data comes from the class monograph but I didn’t save the link)
Therapeutic Actions: Alterative, antineoplastic, antispasmodic, detergent, deobstruent, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue, nutritive, phytoestrogenic, and sedative (Class lesson Herb 502). Hoffman just lists alterative, expectorant, and antispasmodic (p. 590).
Indications: Remedy for children with skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. Useful for coughs, especially whooping cough. Great for sore throats and swollen glands (Hoffman, p. 590).
I am currently a student at American College of Healthcare Sciences earning my Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine. This blog is my journey of juggling mom-life with student life. My husband is a truck driver so I'm essentially a single mom all but 3 days a month. It's a challenge but we will get through this. I complete this degree on 18 December 2019 and will take one additional semester and then be done for a while. My children need more attention from their mommy but I can't wait on getting this education done. I will do what I must for now.