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Herb Information
Name: Red Clover
Biological Name: Trifolium pratense

Papilionaceae

Other Names: Red Clover, wild clover, cleaver grass, marl grass, cow grass, trefoil, purple clover
Parts Used: Flowerheads
Active Compounds:
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Isoflavones; biochanin A, daidzein, formononnetin, genistein, pratensein, trifoside

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Other flavonoids including pectolinarin and trifoliin (=isoquercitrin)

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Volatile oil, containing furfural

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Clovamides; L-Dopa-caffeic acid conjugates

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Coumarins; coumestrol, medicagol and coumarin

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Miscellaneous; a galactomannan, resins, minerals vitamins, phytoalexins.

Remedies For

Alterative, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, mild stimulant, depuative, detergent.

Red Clover is one of the most useful remedies for children with skin problems. It may be used with complete safety in any case of childhood eczema. Useful for the treatment of other chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis. Whilst being most useful with children it can also be of value for adults. The expectorant and anti-spasmodic action give this remedy a role in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis, but especially in whooping cough.

Jethro Kloss calls red clover as "one of God's greatest blessings to man". It purifies blood, it also can be used for treating cancerous growths, leprosy and pellagra in combination with blue violet, burdock, yellow dock, dandelion root, rock rose, and goldenseal. Used alone it is believed to be good for cancer of the stomach, whooping cough, and for various spasms.

Combinations : For skin problems it combines well with Yellow Dock and Nettles.

Dosage:

Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-3 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take 2-6 ml of the tincture three times a day.

Safety:

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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