Red clover is a very useful and wonderful alterative; traditionally used for counteracting scrofulous and skin diseases, whooping cough, bronchial troubles, chronic rheumatism, skin diseases, and syphilis, the warm infusion is soothing to the nerves, bronchitis and spasmodic affections. Its healing properties make an excellent addition to alterative compounds.
A perennial, 1-2 feet tall, with several steins, arising from one root, and slightly hairy. The leaves are ternate. Leaflets are ovate, entire, nearly smooth, ending in a long point, often a lighter color in the center. The fragrant flowers are red to purple, in dense, terminal ovoid or globular heads. It is a native of Europe and common in cultivation across the U.S. Found wild in mountain meadows, disturbed areas and along stream banks, in light sandy soil.
The Indians of California, Arizona and elsewhere have eaten it and other species, raw or as a salad. A tea from the flower can be drunk daily. Steep 1 teaspoon of the flowers to 1 cup water. A decoction can be made of the roots for a blood purifier. A recent medical report from the Mayo Clinic, states that it contains an effective anticoagulant that may be helpful in historically treating coronary thrombosis.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 10 January, 2007.