Red Clover is that bountiful "weed" you see alongside the road. Stopped at just about any traffic light, I'm sure you've seen fields of this herb. Its botanical name is Trifolium pratense. The parts used by herbalists are the flowerheads, which are gathered between May and September.
Red clover is most often used to counteract skin conditions. It is also an expectorant and anti-spasmodic. It also has a very high mineral and vitamin content. For skin problems, it combines well with Yellow Dock and Nettles.
Preparation and Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-3 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.
Red clover is associated with the sign Sagittarius and the planet Jupiter. Also when the natal chart shows negative aspects to Venus, there is some benefit in regularly using this herb.
Clover's spiritual properties can run deep within an individual. This can sometimes last for a fairly long period. The spiritual effects may be noted as long as two and a half months after a single use of clover.
Emotions can be made more conscious, so that a person has a deeper sense of the purpose of their emotions. There is also a deep sense of relaxation and release of how an individual might understand the emotions. Thus, when one has struggled over an emotional issue for some time, red clover tea could be quite beneficial.
There is a deep sense of letting go that often results directly from the aroma of red clover. In Lemuria, clover was used to create deeper states of meditation. It was understood that in the future resolving emotional difficulties could take place when such deeper states of meditation were experienced.
Regarding the chakras, an energy is released in the throat center. There is some assistance in the sixth chakra, and there is added energy in the ninth chakra. Clover temporarily focuses more energy in the root chakra because of the red color. This vibration will likely move through the second and third chakras, liberating new expressions of energy regarding the emotions.
When an animal keeper has a past history of cruelty to animals, clover may activate a deeper sense of oneness with the animals. This develops by the 'letting go' process.
There is also some benefit in using this plant in agriculture. Some feel agriculture is successful through fate or luck. However, it is often the karma and emotional state of the person. When this deeper state of release and a greater realization of purpose of the emotions takes place, there is a vibration created which can be incorporated into the plants. Those concerned about this should drink a tea made from clover and apply a spray to the crops they are working with. The spray should be fairly diluted, perhaps three drops of a clover tincture to ten gallons of water.
I usually use Red Clover prior to meditation when I'm looking for the "root cause" of a situation. It's not something to be used when you're looking for practical answers to routine living. It goes much deeper than that.
I made a tincture of Red Clover using the dried herb - seeped for days in vodka to extract it. I then used about 2-3 droppers of the tincture in a large bottle of water with a crystal at the bottom. I would slowly drink a glass of that water while controlling my breathing prior to meditation. I've also used about 2-3 drops of the tincture in a cup of herbal tea for meditation preparation.
When I've used Red Clover, I find that I'm able to see "the big picture" of a situation. When I've meditated without Red Clover, I gain more practical insights. No way is right or wrong. It depends on what you need to know about a certain situation you're experiencing.
Red Clover is especially helpful when dealing with a loss. This can be the loss of a loved one through breakup, loss of a loved one through death, or even the loss of a job. (Loss of a job is really a "breakup" with your employer...) It will help you to understand your reason for entering into the relationship, the purpose the union served, and aid a release of the connection in a loving and understanding manner. It fosters acceptance and release of that which no longer serves you.
Posted by BlueWolf on November 9, 2001 02:45 PM