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Red Clover Flowers Herbal Information

Red Clover Flowers Herbal Information

NAME
Red Clover


LATIN NAME

Trifolium pretense

ALSO KNOWN AS
Red Clover, wild clover, cleaver grass, marl grass, cow grass, trefoil, purple clover

ORIGIN
Native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa, but planted and naturalised in many other regions.

PARTS USED
Flowerheads


TRADITIONAL HERBAL USES AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF RED CLOVER

Red Clover is used for children's skin problems, including eczema, nappy rash and psoriasis. It is also good for hot flushes and night sweats during the menopause.

Red Clover has isoflavone qualities, found in other plants like soybeans; it is therefore indicated as a helpful daily tonic during the menopause. By helping the body to balance oestrogen, Red Clover has been shown to improve cardiovascular function in menopausal women.
And Red Clover is also taken to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome PMS again because of its isoflavone phytoestrogens.



FOLKLORE AND HISTORY OF RED CLOVER

Red Clover uses dates back to the middle ages when it was seen as a symbol of protection and good luck. The Romans, Ancient Greeks and Celts revered it.



CONSTITUENTS OF RED CLOVER

Isoflavones, including biochanin A, daidzein, formononnetin, genistein, pratensein,trifoside. Other flavonoids, including pectolinarin and trifoliin.Volatile oil, Clovamides, L-Dopa-caffeic acid conjugates. Coumarins, coumestrol, medicagol and coumarin, resins, minerals vitamins, phytoalexins.



TYPICAL PREPARATIONS AND DOSAGE OF RED CLOVER


Red Clover Tincture
Extraction Ratio 1:5
Alcohol Vol. 25%
Take 2-5ml up three times a day
or as directed by a herbalist.

PRECAUTIONS
If taking blood thinning medication consult doctor before taking Red clover. Not known to interfere with prescription hormone replacement drugs such as HRT. It is not recommended for women on oestrogen based birth control pills.