Latin Binomial: Trifolium pratence
Common Name(s): Red Clover
Part(s) Used: Flowerheads- Harvest during flowering
Qualities: Slightly sweet & cool (Ody)
Phenolic glycosides, flavonoids, coumarins, cyanogenic glycosides (Hoffman).
Trace minerals to clean the blood and eliminate (Hall)
- Anti-spasmodic (Hoffman & Hall)
- Oestrogen modulating – phytoestrogenic
- Antitumour (traditional use) (Bone)
“Pilnie written and setteth it downe for certaine, that the leaves hereof do tremble and stand right up against the comming of a storme or tempest” – John Gerard, 1597
- ‘Dirty Blood’ – evidence just under the skin – CYSTS (Hall) Eliminates rubbish.
- Skin disorders – eczema, psoriasis, and ulcers
- Acne (Hall)
- Respiratory conditions – spasmodic cough, bronchitis (Bone)
**Hoffman states it is very useful in chilhood skin disorders, esp. eczema.**
- Whooping cough (Hoffman) or measles. Any infection that involves presentation via skin (Hall)
- Reduces metabolic waste — stimulate anabolic/catabolic reactions — BLOOD PURIFIER
- Menopausal Sx
Cleansing Herb. Coughs & Bronchitis
- 1.5-6.0 ml of 1:2 liquid extract daily (Bone).
- INFUSION: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-3 tsp of dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15mins. Drink 3 times a day.
- TINCTURE: 2-6 ml three times a day (Hoffman).
For skin problems, it combines well with Yellow Dock and Nettles (Hoffman).
- FRESH FLOWERS: Crush flowers and apply to insect bites and skins
- TINCTURE: Take internally for eczema and psoriasis
- COMPRESS: Gout and arthritic pins
- OINTMENT: For lymphatic swellings, cover in fresh flowers with water and simmer in slow cooker for 48 hours. Strain, evaporate the residue to semi-dryness & combine with equal amount of ointment base
- EYEWASH: 5-10 drops tincture in 20ml water for conjunctivitis
- DOUCHE: Use the infusion for vaginal itching
- SYRUP: Take syrup made from infusion for stubborn, dry coughs
Bone, K. (2003). A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulations for the Individual Patient. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier
Hoffman, D. (1990). Holistic Herbal. London: Thorsons.
Ody, Penelope (1998). The Herb Society’s Complete Medicinal Herbal. Milan: Dorling Kindersley