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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Red Clover

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!

Red Clover


Latin Name
Trifolium pratense

Plant Family: 
Fabaceae/Leguminosae

Character
cool, slightly sweet

Constituents
flavonoids, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, protein, chromium, calcium, coumarins, phenolic glycosides, salicylates

Actions
alterative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic

Parts used: 
Flowers~harvest during flowering.

It has a pleasant taste and is mildly strengthening.

Red Clover is suitable for general consumption and long term use.

What is it used for?

Red Clover is used for coughs, bronchitis, and skin complaints.

In the 1930s red clover became a popular anticancer remedy.

It still may be prescribed for breast, ovarian, and 
lymphatic cancer sufferers.

The crushed flowers can be applied to insect bites and stings.

Take the tincture internally for eczema and psoriasis.

Make a compress for gout and arthritic pains.

As an ointment is is wonderful for lymphatic swellings.
Cover the fresh flowers with water and 
simmer for 48 hours in a slow cooker.
Strain, dry and combine with an 
equal amount of an ointment base.

For stubborn dry coughs take the syrup.

Use the infusion as a douche for vaginal itching and conjunctivitis.


Spiritual & Emotional Properties

Red Clover's spirit helps in healing a person's relationship
with their mother and father.

It helps heal pain and conflict between a wife and husband.

It provides courage when an apology is called for.

It encourages honesty within oneself and aids you in taking responsibilities for your actions.

Red Clover is about honoring.
It helps you find honor within yourself and others.

Red Clover Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker
Red Clover Plant Spirit Prayer

"From the time of birth to the ending of life,
may the cycle of Spirit never be broken.
May the fire of God bless us
and keep holy the path we walk."

from "Plant Spirit Journey" by Laura Silvana


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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.