22 Dec Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
The perennial plant grows up to two feet and is found world wide. Its potent parts are the red or purple flowers.
Red clover has been used medicinally in many parts of the world. Herbalist have used it to treat skin sores and eye irritations, as a cure for asthma and as a diuretic.
It is apparently anti-spasmodic and has helped patients with whooping cough. It is also prescribed for skin ailments and indigestion.
It is an anti-inflammatory agent and also an expectorant which helps remove excess mucus from the lungs. In addition, the herb appears to act like the female hormone oestrogen. It is believed that it might help women with menopausal symptoms.
How It May Benefit You…
Take internally for:
- coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough
- menopausal symptoms.
Use internally and externally for:
- skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.
Overdoses of red clover may cause stomach aches or diarrhoea. Do not use more than is prescribed to you.
Do not use red clover if you are pregnant. Avoid the herb if you have cancer or a history of heart disease. If you are taking birth-control pills, consult your doctor before using red clover.
WARNING: Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Red clover is available in dried bulk and tincture.