Red Clover (Trifolium pretense) is one of the oldest agricultural crops and has a long history as a religious symbol. The Celts of pre-Christian Ireland revered and legends tell that it inspired the Irish symbol – the shamrock!
- Did you know that Red Clover was the model for the suit of clubs in playing cards?
- It was used as a charm against witchcraft during the Middle Ages.
- Clover cordial was a popular drink in the early days of San Francisco
Medicinally, Red Clover has much to offer. Not only is it high in many important nutrients including vitamins and minerals, it also has antibiotic properties, is a diuretic and expectorant.
Red Clover is recommended in the treatments of whooping cough and dry coughs. Used internally, it can help with skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.
It has also been used in the treatment of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lymphoma. While it’s anti-tumor effects have to be substantiated by scientific studies, there is no doubt that Red Clover is one of the best detoxification herbs and respiratory tonics.
Take it as a tea (it actually tastes quite good!) , tincture or combine it with herbs like marshmallow to increase its healing effect.