(Natural Herbs) Red Clover

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Red Clover Scientific Names and Common Names,Red Clover Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Red Clover Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Natural Herbs) Red Clover


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Nutrient Content | How Sold | Warning | Resource Links | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Trifolium pratense L.LeguminosaePea family

Common Names

Cleaver grass
Cow grass
Marl grass
Purple clover
Vana-methika (Sanskrit name)
Wild clover
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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Wild or red clover is a perennial plant; its short rootstock produces several reddish stems, 1-2 feet high, with close-pressed whitish hairs. The palmate leaves, some basal and come along the stems, have 3 oval to oblong-oval or obovate leaflets which are minutely toothed and sometimes blotched with white. The rose-purple or magenta (to nearly white in some varieties) flowers grow in a dense, ovoid head subtended by a leaf. May to September.
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Where Found

Common in meadows, fields, on lawn edges, and roadsides all over North America and Europe.
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Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, expectorant, antispasmodic, alterative, anti-tumor, mild stimulant
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Biochemical Information

Biotin, choline, copper, coumarins, glycosides, inositol, magnesium, manganese, selenium, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, and P, and zinc.
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Clover, one of the first plants cultivated by man, has been highly regarded since ancient times. The three-leaf clover was associated with the Christian Trinity, and in pre-Christian eras with the triad goddesses of the Celts. The Middle Ages considered clover a charm against witches. Wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is considered by some authorities to be the true shamrock planted by St. Patrick in Ireland, instead of clover.The rare four-leaf clover, also a Christian symbol representing the cross, was said to enable its wearer to ward off evil and witches, to see fairies and various spirits, to heal illnesses, to have good fortune, and to escape military service. One leaf stood for fame; the second, wealth; the third for a faithful lover; the fourth for good health. The five-leaf clover was said to be unlucky and the two-leaf clover was to enable a maid to see her future lover.
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A sweet herb that is a blood purifier, and antibiotic used for tuberculosis and to fight other bacteria. A relaxant, an appetite suppressant. Good for inflamed lungs, colds, flu, cough, fever, whooping cough, and other inflammatory conditions related to gout and arthritis, most glandular ailments, gastric trouble, skin disorders, headaches, neuralgia, and the AIDS virus. Has positive effects on cancer patients when taken with chaparral. A syrupy extract of the flowers can be used externally for persistent sores, burns, abscesses, fever sores, and ulcers, also believed to prevent cancer or arrest tumors. A poultice of the plant can be tried for athlete’s foot and other skin problems. The flowers were formerly smoked in anti-asthma cigarettes. Science has not confirmed traditional uses, though the plant contains many biologically active compounds, including estrogen.
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Formulas or Dosages

The flower heads should be eaten raw (about a dozen daily), or dried and made into an infusion.

Infusion: steep 2 tsp. flowering tops in 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes. Take 1 to 1 1/2 cups a day, with or without honey, a mouthful at a time.

Tincture: a dose is from 5-30 drops, taken in water.
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Nutrient Content

Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, and P, and zinc.
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How Sold

Capsules: take one, 2 or 3 times a day.
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Fall or late-cut hay in large quantities can cause frothing, diarrhea, dermatitis, and decreased milk production in cattle. Diseased clover, externally showing no symptoms, may contain the indolizidine alkaloid slaframine, which is much more poisonous than castanospermine, now being studied for anti-AIDS and antidiabetic activity.
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Resource Links

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, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, compiled by Shih-Chen Li, Georgetown Press, San Francisco, California, 1973.

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

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, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, by Edith Van Allen Murphey, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1958, print 1990

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

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, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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