plowed clover

Popular names: hare clover, cat clover, mouse clover, seals.

Parts Used: Flowering herb. Pharmacy name: plowed clover grass – Trifolii arvensis herba (formerly: Herba Trifolii arvensis).

Botanical description. All folk names indicate that this clover is soft and fluffy in its flowering state. In fact, this is its most characteristic feature. The flowers of young plants are collected in capitate, older ones – in valvate inflorescences, surrounded by covering leaves. The flowers have a silky-pubescent calyx, in themselves nondescript, reddish or whitish. Annual plant 10-30 cm tall. Strong stem strongly branched from the base, sparsely leafy; leaves trifoliate, short-petiolate. It blooms from June until autumn, depending on the habitat. Grows on sunny hills or slopes, forest edges and dry meadows; not rare, but not always found in sufficient quantities.

Collection and preparation. Above-ground herbaceous parts are harvested during flowering and air-dried.

Application in folk medicine. It is a favorite folk remedy for gastrointestinal disturbances in young children. Clover tea is especially often given for so-called summer diarrhoea, and it provides a quick recovery when all other remedies fail. It is not often used for gout and rheumatism. A decoction of clover is also known as a remedy for treating wounds and taking care of sweaty feet. Side effects are unknown.

active ingredients. The most important active ingredient is tannic, which makes this plant a necessary remedy for the treatment of chronic diarrhea in adults and children. In addition, plowed clover contains a certain amount of essential oil, resin and a little mucus, which complements the main action, as well as minerals. Healing action and application. In later times, they again began to talk about the good effect of using plowed clover for diarrhea. It is credited with antibacterial action, which leads to the use of clover tea for rinsing the inflamed mouth and throat, and decoctions for treating wounds. In scientific research, this is rather reserved.

  • Plowed clover tea: Pour 1 teaspoon of herb :/4 l of cold water, bring to a boil, leave for 1-2 minutes, strain and drink as needed in small sips unsweetened. Tea can be used to treat wounds, washes and rinses, as well as for foot baths.

Use in homeopathy. There has also been a resurgence of interest in homeopathy in the almost forgotten Trifolium arvense. The initial tincture is prepared from fresh herbs. With diarrhea and chronic gastritis, it is most often used in dilutions D 1 -D 1 . Perhaps its use in rheumatic diseases: recently reported a successful treatment of articular rheumatism dilution of D 1 .

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