Red Clover

Trifolium pratense


Uses: Medicinal/Beverage

Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 3-8)

When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall

Ease of Germination: Easy


Many herbalists assert that the flowers taken as an infusion help prevent and even cure cancer. In his legendary book, Back to Eden (see book section of this catalogue), Jethro Kloss wrote, Red clover is an exceedingly good remedy for cancer on any part f the body. Red clover is also efficacious for bronchial troubles, whooping cough, gastric troubles and ulcers.

Red Clover   The following information is taken verbatim from the Grieve’s “A Modern Herbal”, 1931 [uncopyrighted]. These volumes are shown below for ordering.
Botanical Name
Trifolium pratense
System Affected
blood, skin, acne, entire system, eyes, menopause




Body's entire system benefits. Purifies blood. Cures acne and other skin problems. bronchial, whooping cough, gastric trouble, ulcers eyes menopause, raises estrogen levels menstrual cramps Tobacco substitute for smoking

Clover, Red

Botanical: Trifolium pratense (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Leguminosae

---Synonyms---Trefoil. Purple Clover.
---Part Used---Blossoms.
---Habitat---Abundant in Britain, throughout Europe, Central and Northern Asia from the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle and high up into the mountains.

---Description---A perennial, but of short duration, generally abundant on meadow land of a light sandy nature, where it produces abundant blossom, forming an excellent mowing crop. Not of great value as a bee plant - the bees not working it for so long as they will the white variety.

Several stems 1 to 2 feet high, arising from the one root, slightly hairy; leaves ternate, leaflets ovate, entire, nearly smooth, ending in long point often lighter coloured in centre, flowers red to purple, fragrant, in dense terminal ovoid or globular heads.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---The fluid extract of Trifolium is used as an alterative and antispasmodic. An infusion made by 1 OZ. to 1 pint of boiling water may with advantage be used in cases of bronchial and whooping-cough. Fomentations and poultices of the herb have been used as localapplications to cancerous growths.

---Dosages---1 drachm of fluid extract, 1 to 2 drachms of infusion.