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Melilot Herb Health Benefits

Melilot is also known as sweet clover, melilot contains a sweet, vanilla-smelling, crystalline substance called coumarin (not the drug coumadin) which thins the blood and dissolves blood clots. Melilot is a very common plant that we have all seen growing along the roadside.

 

It is a perennial that grows from two to four feet high and blooms from May until November.

 

The stocks and branches are tough and sparse with trifoliate, clover-shaped leaves. Yellow blossoms can be found on the ends of every branch.

 

Sweet clover possesses a sugary aroma akin to vanilla and this becomes additionally strong when the herb is dried out.

 

The popularity of sweet clover as a natural remedy dates back to several centuries.

 

In ancient Egypt, people prepared a tea with sweet clover to cure earaches as well as eliminate parasitic intestinal worms.

 

Ancient Greek physician Aelius Galen recommended employing an infusion similar to the herbal tea prepared with sweet clover in the form of a poultice to treat swollen joints and inflammations.

 

Sweet clover has also been employed in the form of a laxative (purgative) and diuretic (promoting flow of urine).

 

People suffering from asthma have smoked the dried leaves of sweet clover to cure their condition, while the herb has been employed in the form of a poultice to treat wounds, rheumatism and inflammation.

 

The plant may have the potential to treat thrombosis, when the anticoagulant compound dicoumarol is present.

 

This, however, should not be used as an alternative or adjunct to properly monitored anticoagulant medication.

 

Steeped in vinegar or Rose Water, it may mitigate a headache. It is said to ease earache when dropped into the ears.

 

In traditional medicine, Melilot is used as an expectorant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and carminative remedy.

 

Melilot preparations are taken in case of inflammatory diseases of upper respiratory tract, gynaecological diseases and dermatological inflammatory processes, as well as in case of high nervous excitability and insomnia.

 

If you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications, consult your doctor before use. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.

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