Red Clover Remedial   8 comments

June is busting out all CLOVER!!  There’s Buffalo Clover, White Clover, Rabbit’s foot Clover, Yellow Clover, Hop Clover, Crimson Clover and the queen of them all (and my favorite), Trifolium pratense, Red Clover.

It’s good to know that when we are outside, playing, and get an insect sting or bite, Red Clover is a quick, easy, inexpensive, safe and very effective remedy.  Just crush (or chew) a Red Clover flower-head and apply it to the wound; and in seconds, the pain, itch and swelling subsides.

Red Clover is a very familiar weed; introduced to this country in the mid 1600’s, which grows, abundantly, throughout the United States and is rich in protein.  We can find it in fields, along roadsides, all over the lawn, even between cracked pavement.  Red Clover stands taller than most of its relatives, from 6 – 16 inches, on thick and somewhat hairy stems.

With leaflets of 3 ovalish leaves displaying a pale green chevron design; and velvety undersides.

And rounded, dense, pink to purple flower-heads, often growing in pairs, many of which are conjoining twins.  Red Clover blooms from April through September; which gives me time to collect a good quantity.


“The flower-heads and tender young leaves are difficult to digest raw, but can be eaten in quantity if soaked for several hours in salty water or boiled for 5 – 10 minutes.  The dried flower-heads and seeds can be ground into nutritious flour” (1)

I won’t be eating any raw, or soaked or boiled.  All of the Red Clover I collect will be dried.  Some will go into my flower petal tea, some will be tinctured and some will go into my homemade body oil.

Before they dry, I pick through, remove all the stems, spent flowers, remaining critters and break up the flower-heads.

Red Clover has alterative, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, nervine, sedative and tonic actions.

“As an alterative it is indicated in a wide range of problems when approached in a holistic sense.” (2)

“An extract of the blossoms is an excellent remedy for cancerous ulcers, corns and burns.” (3)

“Mainly used as a cleansing herb for skin complaints, the flowers are also useful for bronchitis and whooping cough.  In the 1930s, they became popular as an anticancer remedy and may still be prescribed to breast, ovarian and lymphatic cancer sufferers.” (4)

“Red Clover is a fine tonic for blood and lymph.  Promoting vitality in all details of living, clover encourages circulation to the capillaries.”  (5)

L’chiam! I am so grateful for this wonderful bounty.  Hey Nickety!

Thanx for stopping by.  See you soon.

 REFRENCES:

(1)    Lee Allen Peterson. Peterson Field Guides Edible Wild Plants.

Houghton Mifflin. 1977

(2)   David Hoffman.  THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HOLISTIC HERBAL.

Element Books.  1996

      (3)  Amy Bess Miller.  SHAKER Medicinal HERBS

 Storey Books.  1998

      (4) Penelope Ody.  The COMPLETE MEDICINAL HERBAL

 Dorling Kindersley Books.  1993

      (5)  Loren Cruden.  MEDICINE GROVE A SHAMANIC HERBAL.  Destiny Books.  1997

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    June is busting out all CLOVER!!

  3. Gosh, who knew clover flowers had such medicinal powers!

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  6. I didn’t know it was good for insect stings–that’s nifty information! I’ve never thought of preparing them, I always used to pop them in my mouth as I walked along (to the shock of anyone with me). They’re sweet and delicious!

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