Red Clover Tops Whole, Organic, 1/4 lb.

(RCT-2)
Trifolium pratense  |  Origin: Bulgaria
$9.25
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USDA Organic

The flower of the Red Clover plant is commonly used for its medicinal and nutritonal value in tea or salad. Red Clover is favored by the bees and is commonly planted by farmers for their cattle and other livestock to graze on.

Valued as an excellent herbal source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, Red Clover is often compared to alfalfa for both its nutritional value and appearance. It contains antispasmodic and antibacterial properties that help support a healthy immune and respiratory system. It is also possibly useful for purifying the blood.


Common Names: Red clover, trefoil, wild clover, purple clover

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

  • Relaxes nerves and the entire system. Can be used as a sedative.
  • Has been used to fight cancer. Found in herbal combinations used for cancer.
  • Wash for sores.
  • Can be drunk freely.

Precautions:

  • Avoid using Red Clover while taking blood thinning agents.
  • Avoid using it internally during pregnancy.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology
Red Clover Herb is often compared to alfalfa both for its nutritional value and appearance. They are reported to have diuretic, expectorant, antispasmodic and estrogenic properties.

Red Clover herb is a blood purifier that increases the body’s production of urine and mucous and promotes menstrual flow.

Contain bitter compounds that increase the production of digestive fluids and enzymes, especially bile. These compounds also shrink inflammation and relieve pains. Red clover is an excellent herbal source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

Red Clover Herb is high or very high on the following nutrients:

  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin C

Excerpts from Practical Herbalism
In 1896, King said that, “Red Clover is an excellent alterative, and one of the few remedies which favorably influences pertussis.

After another quarter century of experience with the herb, the Eclectic Materia Medica of 1922 recommended it for the specific indications of, “irritability of the respiratory passages, with dry, explosive cough; carcinomatous cachexia,” and gave the following information:
“Trifolium is alterative and anti-spasmodic. It relieves irritability of the respiratory tract, alleviating dry, irritable and spasmodic cough. Whooping cough is especially moderated by it, and it is frequently effective in lessening the distressing cough of measles. It also modifies cough in bronchitis and laryngitis. Its alterative powers are underrated, and it should be given where a general deobstruent effect is desired in chronic skin problems, and unquestionably has a retarding effect upon malignant neoplasms.”

More recently, it has become the hot topic because of the potential estrogenic effects of its isoflavone content. The jury is still out on that one, but most of its more traditional uses seem well justified.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • Avoid using Red Clover while taking blood thinning agents.
  • Avoid using it internally during pregnancy.
  • We use it often in tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be made into powder, and used as such in capsules.
  • Red Clover is a food, and thus, keep it in the kitchen as all other food ingredients. We add it to dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts so as to add nutritional value to the dish without changing the flavor.
  • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (except during pregnancy), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • It is critical that Red Clover is stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is highly recommended, but not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of it's highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.
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