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Red Clover

Red Clover

Red Clover
Trifolium pratense
Very common. Grieve says that it's: "A perennial, but of short duration." and that it's " Medicinal Action and Uses" include "as an alterative and antispasmodic." and that "Fomentations and poultices of the herb have been used as local applications to cancerous growths." According to Foster and Duke: "used as an antispasmodic, expectorant, mild sedative, 'blood purifier'" and "the plant contains many biologically active compounds, including estrogens." Hutchens notes: "As you can see, Red clover can be used alone, or supported by many other effective herbs."
Beyerl says that "The best Clover is that gathered beneath a full moon."

***~ WARNING ~***

According to Foster and Duke:
"Diseased clover, externally showing no symptoms, may contain the indolizidine alkaloid slaframine, which is much more poisonous than castanospermine, now being studied for anti-AIDS and antidiabetic activity."
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