Because of its stylized trifoliolate leaf, the red cover was honored by medieval Christians as a symbol of the Trinity, which folklore considered the uncommon four leaf clover sign of good luck. Medicinally, it is an effective treatment for skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Plant Facts :
This short lived herb grows to a height of 6-12 inches. The branched, hairy stem of red clover has three oval leaflets with white markings. The single flowers of this perennial contain sweet nectar, have a pleasant honey fragrance and a slightly sweet taste.
In the United states, red clover grows wild along roadsides. In Europe, however it grows abundantly in meadows, pastures and fields and is cultivated as a protein rich fodder for cattle. The herb is actually native to nearly every part of Europe and the Near East and was naturalized in North America.
Parts Used :
Only the whole flower heads of the red clover, fresh or dried, are used medicinally.
The flower is rich in tannins, which have an astringent and anti-inflammatory effect on the body's tissues. The flowers also contain traces of essential oil, various glycosides and phenol and flavonoid compounds.
Because of its tannin content, which tightens bodily tissues, red clover is quite helpful in treating infalammation of the intestinal mucous membranes and resulting diarrhea. It also soothes chronic skin diseases, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Take care : the closely related white clover is thought to have healing properties similar to those of red clover. But because of its high coumarin content, white clover shouldn't be used medicinally without a doctor's advice.
For eczema calluses and inflammation
Methods of Administration
Tea infusion for coughs :
Pour 1 qt. of boiling water over ½ cup of dried flower blossoms (or 1 cup of fresh flower blossoms). Steep for 15 min.; strain. Drink 1 cup 2-3 times daily. Sweeten the taste with honey, if desired.
Tonic to strengthen blood :
This tea will serve as a tonic to nourish and strengthen the blood. Drink 2-3 cups of the freshly prepared tea every day over the course of 4-6 weeks.
Compresses for wounds :
to improve the healing of a wound, apply a compress soaked in red clover tea several times daily. Red clover can also soothe insect bites and stings; Dab some tea on the affected area. Or crush a handful of fresh flowers and apply them directly to the bite.
A bath for relaxation :
Pour 2 qt. of boiling water over 1 cup of dried flowers. Steep for 10 min.; strain. Use this water for washing, or soak in it for about 15 min. Herbal mixtures of equal parts lady's mantle, chamomile and clover are also beneficial and relaxing.