Part Used: Flowers.
Red Clover has long been valued for its gentle de-toxifying powers.
Chemical, metal, drug toxins. Eczema and other skin rashes. Childhood allergies; nutritional
aid.. Anti-cancer aid; tumors. Boils, abcess. Chronic urinary tract infection; neurogenic
bladder. Has moistening and anti-spasmodic properties on lungs: whooping cough, croup,
dry irritating and/or spasmodic cough, asthma. Constipation from dryness. Has estrogenic
properties: PMS, menopausal discomforts (incl. hot flashes); aid in cancer of reproductive
organs (binds to receptor sites)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is an herb gaining new prominence that has very solid
roots in traditional herbalism. The part used are the blossoms that grow in profusion on the
plant. The blossoms can generally be gathered from early to mid-summer and grow wild or
have been planted in hayfields through much of the U.S., and as a legume, fix a good deal of
nitrogen in the soil. The fresher the blossoms are, the better their effects. A fresh tincture is a
very good way to preserve them. If they are to be dried for use, the blossoms with no or
very little brown parts are picked and carefully shade-dried. The dried blossoms should
retain their reddish-purple color, and not be browned-out. The tea and tincture are the
preferred methods of use.
Red Clover is a deep-acting yet mild remedy, suitable for children and the elderly. It
should be thought of as well for its moistening and anti-inflammatory properties. As a
traditional "blood-purifier", it is used for chronic degenerative conditions such as rheumatism
and arthritis,. and to remove long-standing toxins, such as heavy metals from the system.
Acute blood toxicosis with boils, ulcers. It is used in chronic skin conditions such as eczema
and allegic dermatitis with dryness and heat.
It's high mineral content makes it valuable in nutritional deficiencies, particularly for
children with poor diets and allergies. Childhood eczema. Its moistening properties are used
to advantage with lung heat and dryness: harsh dry cough, spasmodic cough, children's
whooping cough. A syrup can also be useful for these properties. Intestinal dryness and
constipation are also addressed. Bladder pain and acute irritation.
Red Clover has a long-standing reputation as a folk remedy for cancer. It has also
langored long in medical texts as an unproven cancer remedy. Recently such compounds
such as genistein, a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-tumor compound, have been found in Red
Clover. Combined with it's blood-purifying properties and high nutritional profile would
suggest that it would indeed have a place as an adjunct in cancer. It was one of the herbs in
the Hoxsey anti-cancer formula. As a preventative and anti-cancer remedy it should be used
freely; the tincture taken or the tea drank freely. A folk salve for skin cancers was made by
boiling down the blossoms to a tar-like consistency: a powerful but caustic preparation. Its
traditional uses include use for skin, breast and ovarian cancers; though it may be thought of
as an adjunct in all forms.
Most recently the estrogenic compounds in Red Clover have recieved publicity;
particularly used to relieve hot flashes. It contains no hormones, only pre-cursors. It may be
thought of in a variety of estrogen deficiency syndromes including painful menstruation, PMS
and menopausal conditions with low estrogen. Note that its traditional use points to use in
some cancers that are estrogen-dependent; another of the mildly estrogenic herbs that
traditional herbalists maintain can find a use in such cases by binding to estrogen receptor
sites, thus preventing the more harmful estrogen compounds from binding.
Red Clover is an herb that can be easily gathered for use by the lay herbalist; and one of
the herbs that points up the vast potential to be found in the simplest herbs.