Red CloverRed Clover
The perennial plant known as red clover grows as high as 2 feet. Its medicinal parts are the red or purple ball-shaped flowers, which are gathered between May and September. Red clover has been used medicinally in many parts of the world. It was prescribed as an expectorant in China, and as a cure for asthma in Russia. Other cultures have used it to treat skin sores and eye irritations, and as a diuretic. Herbalists today prescribe red clover for skin ailments, indigestion, and coughs. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and also, as an expectorant, helps remove excess mucus from the lungs. In addition, the herb appears to act like the female hormone estrogen; it is believed that it might help women with menopausal symptoms.
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Red clover is available in dried bulk and tincture.
Infusion: 1 to 3 tsp. of dried flower tops steeped in 1 cup boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Compress: A clean cloth soaked in the infusion and applied to the skin.