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Medicinal Herb: Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

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Abundant in Britain, throughout Europe, Central and Northern Asia from the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle and high up into the mountains.

A perennial, but of short duration, generally abundant on meadow land of a light sandy nature, where it produces abundant blossom, forming an excellent mowing crop. Not of great value as a bee plant - the bees not working it for so long as they will the white variety.

Several stems 1 to 2 feet high, arising from the one root, slightly hairy; leaves ternate, leaflets ovate, entire, nearly smooth, ending in long point often lighter coloured in centre, flowers red to purple, fragrant, in dense terminal ovoid or globular heads.


Red Clover

Biological Name:
Trifolium pratense


Other Names:
Red Clover, wild clover, cleaver grass, marl grass, cow grass, trefoil, purple clover

Parts Used:

Active Compounds:

Isoflavones; biochanin A, daidzein, formononnetin, genistein, pratensein, trifoside
Other flavonoids including pectolinarin and trifoliin (=isoquercitrin)
Volatile oil, containing furfural
Clovamides; L-Dopa-caffeic acid conjugates
Coumarins; coumestrol, medicagol and coumarin
Miscellaneous; a galactomannan, resins, minerals vitamins, phytoalexins.

Traditional Applications in Herbal Medicine:
Alterative, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, mild stimulant, depuative, detergent.

Red Clover is one of the most useful remedies for children with skin problems. It may be used with complete safety in any case of childhood eczema. Useful for the treatment of other chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis. Whilst being most useful with children it can also be of value for adults. The expectorant and anti-spasmodic action give this remedy a role in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis, but especially in whooping cough.

Jethro Kloss calls red clover as "one of God's greatest blessings to man". It purifies blood, it also can be used for treating cancerous growths, leprosy and pellagra in combination with blue violet, burdock, yellow dock, dandelion root, rock rose, and goldenseal. Used alone it is believed to be good for cancer of the stomach, whooping cough, and for various spasms.

Combinations : For skin problems it combines well with Yellow Dock and Nettles.

Other indications include:
  • Blood cleanser, diuretic, soothes the nervous system.
  • Can improve hemoglobin levels, relieves flatulence, relieves menopausal symptoms.
  • Also used for bronchitis, colds, coughs, and whooping cough.
  • Used externally as a poultice or salve for: ulcers, open sores, chapped and cracked body parts, and cancerous growths.
  • Clover flowers contain the isoflavone genistein, which might give the immune system a better shot at destroying cancer cells. (Science News, May 12, 1990)
  • Taken as a diuretic over a long period of time, it stimulates the liver and bladder.
  • The presence of sodium reputed to reduce acidity and help body assimilate iron.
Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-3 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take 2-6 ml of the tincture three times a day.


No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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