Also known as Trifolium pretense, Cow Clover, Meadow Clover, Purple Clover, Trefoil, Trifolium pratense & Wild Clover. Red clover is a perennial plant that grows wild in most temperate climates. Red clover blossoms are used for skin inflammations of all types. Dried flowers can be crushed, made into a poultice, and then applied to insect bites and stings to reduce swelling and itching.
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A compress made from the infusion is useful for reducing swelling in sprains and bruises, as well as easing pain associated with arthritis and gout. Ointment made from the flowers can help reduce lymphatic swelling. Taken internally, the tincture is used to reduce inflammation of the lungs and liver, and can help with skin conditions.
Red clover blossoms contain a compound called coumarin, and several coumarin-like molecules. As described in the journal Chest, coumarin prevents blood clotting by imitating vitamin K, which is required for the blood clotting enzymes to function.
Tea, in capsules and extracts. May also be eaten raw and seldom in salads.
Red clover should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women, as the effects on developing fetus and infants is not determined. There are some studies that suggest taking red clover may affect fetal development. It is also recommended that you do not take red Clover while on blood thinning medication.
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