Red Clover, Crushed
Also known as Beebread, Cow Clover, Meadow Clover, Purple Clover, and Trefoil
$3.50 per ounce
History: Red Clover is native to northwest Africa, Asia, and Europe and has been naturalized in many parts of the world, including North America. In ancient times, the flower was believed to have magical powers. Druids believed that it could ward off evil spells and witches and would carry a sprig of clover with them on long jour ies to protect themselves. Medieval Christians believed that the three lobed leaves were associated with the trinity and the four lobed leaves as a symbol of the cross. In fact, many people still consider a four leaf clover to be a symbol of luck. Historically, Red Clover was used to help coughs, colds, sore throats, and skin diseases. Native Americans would use a Red Clover salve for burns. Today, it is used as a herbal supplement and as a sedative.
Uses: Red clover is often cultivated as a fodder crop, and may also be tilled for green manure. It makes a wonderful ingredient in herbal tea, adding a light, sweet flavor along with its abundant medicinal properties. It may be integrated into a salve or balm and is traditionally used to support healthy skin. In some clinical trials, red clover has shown to support a healthy menopause by reducing symptoms.
Active Ingredients: Isoflavones
Actions: alterative, antispasmodic, nervine
Complementary Herbs: Yellow Dock, Nettles