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|DRUG INTERACTIONS|| Not taken in combination with ESTROGEN REPLACEMENT THERAPY.|
Not taken with ANTICOAGULANTS (ie Warfarin).
|CONTRAINDICATIONS|| NOT USED DURING PREGNANCY!|
NOT GIVEN TO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWO!
A short-lived perennial herb growing from 1 to 2 feet in height and well known to those always in search of a 4-leaf clover. Native to Europe, central Asia and northern Africa, but naturalized throughout the world. LEAFLETS are elliptic to obovate and from 1/2 to 1½ inches long on petioles upto 8 inches long. Terminal FLOWERHEADS are globular, up to 1½ inches in diameter, being of a light red-purplish color, and subtended by a pair of trifoliate sessile leaves. Can be found in grassy places in a moist, sunny location through the United States.Clover is the national flower of Ireland (although some say the true 'shamrock' is actually oxalis acetosella) and the state flower of Vermont. The leaves of a four-leaf clover represent Fame, Wealth, Faithful lover, and Good health. A 5-leaf clover is said to be unlucky, but I have found a large number of 4-leaf and one 5-leaf in my lifetime and neither does what it is reputed to do (luckily for me in the case of the 5-leaf). They look great pressed between the pages of a book though. Astrologically ruled by Venus. Used as an aid to study the Fives of the Tarot §
CONTAINS: Phenolic glycosides, phytosteroids, flavonoids, isoflavone compounds, coumarins, cyanogenic glycosides, salicylates, mineral acids.
|PROPAGATION||By SEED in spring or fall.|
|PART USED||Dried flowerheads|
|HARVEST||FLOWERHEADS in perfect bloom early in season. Do not pick late in season as they often carry a mold, especially if summer if very humid or rainy.|
|FORM||Infusion, tincture, ointment, solid extract, syrup, compress, eyewash, douche. NOTE: Solid extracts are purchased from commercial sources as they cannot be made at home without special distillation equipment.|
|RELATED SPECIES||SWEET WHITE CLOVER (Melilotus alba): Considered expectorant, diuretic, emollient. The dried plant is used to repel moths.|
WHITE CLOVER (Trifolium repens): The white flower is considered depurative, detergent, and a blood purifier. A strong infusion has been used externally for sores.