• Not to be used during pregnancy.

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(Trifolium spp.)
Common names: Beebread, Cleaver Grass, Cow Clover, Cow Grass, Meadow Clover, Purple Clover, Trefoil.

Red Clover

Red Clover

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Parts Used: Leaves, flowers. Methods Used: Water extraction.

Spiritual Uses: Known to the Celts as Trefoil, this Sacred Herb of the Druids represented the Triple Deities.

Believed to protect against witchcraft and evil spirits. A spring of Clover was worn as a protection when the wearer neeeded to go into spirit territiories.

Revered as a bringer of good fortune by the Celts while the Native Americans used it for renewal, cleansing, and healing.

Physical Uses: It has been traditionally used to relieve a wide variety of conditions, such as colds, bronchial problems, spasmodic coughing (such as experienced when suffering from Whooping Cough, and nervous tension.

It has been favored to stimulate digestion and appetite while also relieving constipation.

Native Americans used the plant to treat sore and inflamed eyes and as a burn salve.

It is also utilized in combination with other herbs to supplement their effects.

A pleasant-tasting tea, it may be effective as a drinkable gargle, soothing to a sore throat. Red Clover has also been used as a mild sedative drink.



  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to stand for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 1 teaspoonful of chopped herb. Stir briefly and cover.
  3. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain out herbs and discard.
  5. Dosage: 1 cup, as needed.


  1. Mix equal parts Clover and Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria). Store in tightly closed container.
  2. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to stand for 30 seconds.
  3. Add 1 teaspoonful of Clover/Meadowsweet mixture. Stir briefly and cover.
  4. Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  5. Strain out herbs and discard.
  6. Dosage: Use as needed.
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