Also Known As
Red Clover, wild clover, cleaver grass, marl grass, cow grass, trefoil, purple clover
Native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa, but planted and naturalised in many other regions.
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
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.
Red Clover Tincture
Take 2-5ml up three times a day
or as directed by a herbalist.
Folklore and History
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.
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.
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.