Parts used: Flowers
Alterative, antibiotic, antispasmodic, blood purifier, nutritive, sedative, stimulant, vulnerary
Calcium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, nickel, selenium, sodium, tin, vitamins A, C, B-complex, F and P
Red clover has been used for treating cancer, bronchitis, nervous conditions, spasms and toxins in the body. Herbalists consider it to be a blood cleanser and recommend this mild herb in formulas when using a cleansing program. As an expectorant, it is often mixed with honey and water to make a cough syrup. It is also a mild sedative and useful for spasmodic conditions, bronchitis, wheezing and fatigue. Since red clover is mild, it can be used by children.
Studies indicate red clover contains some antibiotic properties beneficial against several bacteria, including the one that causes tuberculosis. In addition, red clover has a long history of use in treating cancer. Research has found anticancer activity in red clover. Although the findings are preliminary and the use of red clover as a cancer treatment has not been validated, research continues and is promising.
Red clover has also been used externally to treat skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and even vaginal irritation, in addition to topical application on burns, boils, sores and ulcers. It can be applied externally to help soothe lymphatic swelling or as an eyewash.
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