Materia Medica: Red Clover
Red clover is grown as a nitrogen fixer to heal depleted soil and provide animal fodder. It is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants). Tea or tincture of red clover is helpful for a number of symptoms such as irregular periods, sore joints, anxiety, energy loss and hot flashes.
Latin Binomial: Trifolium pratence
Common Name(s): Red Clover, trefoil, purple clover
TCM Name: N/A
Physical Description of the Plant:
Harvest and Collection:
Parts of the Plant Used: Flowerheads- Harvest during flowering
Qualities: Slightly sweet & cool
- Phenolic glycosides
- Cyanogenic glycosides
- Phytoestrogenic isoflavones (genistein, diadzen, formononetin, biochanin)
- Volatile oil
Taste: Mild, salty, sweet
- Antitumour (traditional use)
- Skin disorders – eczema, psoriasis, and ulcers
- Respiratory conditions – spasmodic cough, bronchitis
- Whooping cough
- 1.5-6.0 ml of 1:2 liquid extract daily
- TINCTURE: 2-6 ml three times a day
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
Combinations: For skin problems, it combines well with yellow dock and nettles
Energetics: Cooling, sweet
Red Clover Flower Essence supports your transition into more expanded states of consciousness by transforming lower frequency emotional states rooted in the emotional subtle body, nervous system and body biochemistry
- 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
Red Clover Wine Recipe
Around Virginia when spring time comes around it’s pretty easy to find red clovers. They have a sweet tasting flower and has a great base for wine with the nectar. The clover heads aren’t going to change the color of the wine to much though. This is a great wine recipe to impress your friends with. Flower wines are always so easy to make but the biggest thing is that you just need to be on top of the season.
1 Gallon Yield
1 gallon clover head
3 lbs sugar
8 ounces light raisins
1 teaspoon acid blend
1 package wine yeast
1 teaspoon pectic enzyme
1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
1.5 cups orange juice at room temp
- Remove the stems and the base from the clover heads
- Place the petals in a stainless steel pot with 1 gallon of water
- Bring the mixture to a boil
- Remove the heat and add half the sugar mixture and the raisins
- Cool down
- Add yeast with wine yeast, pectic enzyme, yeast nutrient, and orange juice
- close up the top and add the air lock
- After 5 days rack
- After 7 days rack again
- Then let it sit for 3 months then bottle
Modest protective effects of isoflavones from a red clover-derived dietary supplement on cardiovascular disease risk factors in perimenopausal women, and evidence of an interaction with ApoE genotype in 49-65 year-old women.
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