Belonging to the legume family, red clover herb or (Trifolium pratense) is a species of clover native to Europe, Western Asia and northwest Africa. It is an herbaceous, short-lived perennial plant with a reddish or purple flower that varies in size and grows approximately 20 to 80 cm ( 8 to 27 inches) tall.
Red clover herb and it’s blood purifying action in the body has resulted in it being used traditionally to treat a number of conditions including cancer, cancer of the stomach, whooping cough, respiratory problems, spasms and skin inflammations, such as psoriasis and eczema.
Medicinal properties: Depurative, detergent, alterative, mild stimulant
General guidelines for use in adults are as follows:
Dried herb (as a tea): 1 – 2 tsp dried flowers or flowering tops steeped in 8 oz. hot water for 1/2 hour; drink 2 – 3 cups daily
Powdered herb: 40 – 160 mg per day
Tincture 60 – 100 drops (3 – 5 mL) 3 times per day; may be added to hot water as a tea
Fluid Extract (1:1): 1 mL 3 times per day; may be added to hot water as a tea
Topical treatment: Made into a salve or ointment. Apply as needed. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Do not apply to open wounds.
No serious side effects have been reported in people taking red clover. Always check with your doctor and follow labeled instructions prior to use.
See White Clover: White Clover
Other common names: Beebread, clovone, cow clover, cleaver grass, meadow clover, marl grass, cow grass, purple clover, trefoil, wild clover and trifolium pratense