Red Clover, Trifolium pratense is a medicinal and edible weed. It is a short-lived perennial that grows up to sixteen inches tall with an upright hairy stem, three or four leaflets with white crescent markings, and a pink to purple egg-shaped edible flower that can be found in bloom from May to September. Red clover is the state flower of Vermont. Due to its high nutritional content, it has been used as cow fodder. In the 1930s it was a common cancer remedy often prescribed to folks who suffered from breast, ovarian, and lymphatic cancers. The Pawnee tribe used it as a prophylactic (to prevent disease). It has been used to treat cancer, cleanse the blood, clear lymphatic congestion, and reduce inflammation. It supports the brain, central nervous system and can improve cognitive function. When combined with hops flowers and wild lettuce (another medicinal weed), it helps promote a restful, peaceful sleep. Red Clover is nutrient dense rich in Vitamin C, iron, and other trace minerals. Spiritually, Red Clover is ruled by Mercury & air. It is associated with luck and good fortune.
Caution: Do not use red clover for children under the age of 2, during pregnancy, estrogen replacement therapy, taking anticoagulants/blood thinners or having surgery.
Red Clover can be found in Sweet Like Honey Herbals 'Nothin But Da Blood' syrup.