Black Medic (Medicago lupulin)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles

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Also known as:  Hop Clover, Yellow Trefoil or Burclover

  • Uses:  edible, medicinal, natural fertilizer
  • Parts used: leaves, roots & seeds
  • Preparation: fresh as pot herb, dry the seeds

Health & Wellness

Black Medic was introduced from Europe.  It is an edible and a medicinal weed often mistaken for clover.

It is green manure grown before the first crop is planted to add nitrogen to the soil.  It is a beneficial plant in the garden as it fertilizes nearby plants with nitrogen.

Rich in vitamins A, C, and E, young leaves and shoots can be eaten raw or cooked as a potherb. They contain about 6% protein, 0.14% fat, 9.5% carbohydrate and 1.4% ash.

The seeds can be eaten raw, dried or roasted and ground into flour when they turn black..

Black Medic has laxative qualities and has antibacterial properties against microorganisms.

Since adding Black Medic to Edible Plant List I have learned that it is not a good plant for those on blood thinners nor is it a good plant for seniors as it thickens blood.  Now I probably won’t grow this as an edible but keep it to enrich the soil in my garden.  I also find it attractive growing among the flowers.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Copyright 2014 – 2020  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000