Red Clover ( Trifolium pratense )
Almost everyone has seen this red flower at some point in their lives. This plant stockpiles protein in it’s leaves and the flowers. The red clover can be used in salads, cooked as a green, used to make flour, and for teas. STRONG WARNING: If you eat red clover or find it in a health food store, do not take it if you are on any type of blood thinner. Taking this plant with a blood thinner may reduce your bodies speed in forming blood clots. You can eat the leaves and the flower heads raw, but I strongly suggest boiling them first. One of the books that I’ve been reading makes a comment about it causing bloating in cattle if they feed on it too much. The dried flower heads are good for making tea. If you dry your own flower heads, make sure there is no mold on the flower heads. Once you have dried your flower heads, you can also make flour out of them. You do this by grinding up the flower heads and the seed.
As with many of the plants, that I’ve featured both in my blog and on Gather, Red clover has medicinal properties. It’s good for coughs. As a poultice, it is good for athlete’s feet, arthritic pain, psoriasis, eczema, deep burns, and rashes. It can be used to stimulate appetite. Again, do not use this plant if you are on any prescribed blood thinners.