Melilot or sweet clover as it is popularly known is an herb. The flowering branches and leaves are used to make medicine.
The blossoms of this melilot, or yellow clover, are very sweet with nectar and the bees like it to make yellow clover honey.
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.
The tender plant is a native of Europe and has been naturalized across North America, brought to the United States in the late 1600s, and still used today as a valuable forage crop for animals and soil enhancer predominantly in the Great Plains and Upper Midwest.
Melilot may be found on roadsides and in fields; waste places and chalky banks in well-drained-to-dry, neutral-to-alkaline soil in sun and is drought tolerant.
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Melilot is an aromatic herb that has been used as a soothing digestive aid and has been thought to be particularly effective in cases of flatulence.
Supporting healthy digestive health, melilot is also said to relieve colic, indigestion and stomach problems. As a mild astringent, melilot has been used to clear congestion.
When taken internally, it is said to relieve congestion of the lymph glands and painful congestive menstruation; and when used externally, it is said to ease haemorrhoids.
As a tea, melilotus officinalishas been used to ease muscle aches, headaches and gastrointestinal problems. The herb has aromatic, emollient and carminative properties.
Pregnant and nursing women should not use melilot herbal supplement. People who use prescription blood thinners (warfarin, coumadin, aspirin), or those with any blood-clotting problem should not use melilot.