Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) and its Uses

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Trifolium pratense
Trifolium pratense

This common plant is easy to spot.  I recently gathered a nice abundance of the fragrant purply-pink blossoms, and they’re drying in a basket outdoors in the shade right now.  Also in the basket is some yarrow, so it’s quite an intoxicating scent!  So glad I can capture some for later.

Found: Meadow lands, open fields, roadsides, sunny areas throughout Europe and North America.

Identifying: Divided leaves with 3 oval leaflets, which are fine-toothed. A “V” mark on each leaflet.  Rounded flowerheads, ranging in color from pink to red.

Parts Used: Flowerheads which are gathered between May and September.

Medicinal Use: Immune system stimulator.  Helps body remove toxic waste products.  Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, athlete’s foot, sores, burns, ulcers; especially good for children’s eczema.  Mild expectorant; good for dry coughs, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma, pertussis; especially beneficial for whooping cough.  Red clover used to be smoked as a cigarette for asthma relief.  Many herbalists use it to assist the body in fighting cancer, and in cancer prevention.  Mild antispasmodic, sedative, expectorant, and blood thinner.  Also good for swollen and encysted glands, mastitis, mumps. Works well for insomnia, especially in children.

Preparation: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 3 tsp. dried herb and leave to infuse for 10 – 15 minutes.  Should be drunk 3x daily.  

Allergic Reactions/Warnings: Should not be used by pregnant women and those using blood thinners.

Note: These posts are not meant to be a medical guide but an overview.  Consulting an herbal specialist is always recommended.

6 thoughts on “Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) and its Uses

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  3. Very nice of you. I hope you are keeping a file of all these so I can come back to reference, or I’ll run out of copy paper.

  4. My husband & I have been using Red Clover in capsule form for a few years now to help remove liver & kidney toxins. I am on several medications for pain and neuropathy due to arthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative spinal desease, and nerve damage, so the meds build up in my liver and kidneys, the red clover helps remove it according to my nutritionist. It has seemed to help, we both used to suffer from kidney stones and liver infections, both of which have lessoned since using the red clover. Just our cases, we checked with our MD first, to make sure there would be no drug interactions and we would not tell anyone else what to take without checking with thier Doc fist, just our story FYI.
    Thanks for your continued info – keep up the good work.

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  5. Baba, you can find all these materia medica type postings by checking the Herbs and their Usees category in my sidebar. I’ll be leaving them all there indefinitely, and I hope to put them into some sort of a PDF format soon, so my subscribers can grab a copy. Most likely I’ll wait until I have more herbs covered, but that and a PDF with remedies is in the works!

    Glad to hear red clover is working for you, Lorie! Thanks for letting us know how you use it!

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