Meadow clover: medicinal properties and contraindications, planting and care in the garden, photo

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Meadow clover (lat.Trifolium pratense), or red clover, or shamrock, or porridge, is a species of the genus Clover of the Legume family, native to Europe, Western and Central Asia, and North Africa. The generic name translates as "shamrock".
Legend has it that the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, managed to expel the snakes from the country into the sea with the help of a clover leaf. Since then, there have been no snakes in Ireland, and the shamrock clover is the emblem of this country.

Planting and caring for clover

  • Bloom: at the end of May or at the beginning of June for almost three months.
  • Landing: sowing seeds in open ground - in early spring, as soon as the snow melts.
  • Lighting: bright sunlight or partial shade.
  • The soil: chernozem, loamy or sandy loam soils with a pH of 6.0-6.5.
  • Watering: moderately, on average once a week, in the morning or evening. Watered more often in drought.
  • Top dressing: only with liquid potassium-phosphorus fertilizers: the plant independently assimilates nitrogen from the soil.
  • Reproduction: seed.
  • Pests: nodule and clover weevils.
  • Diseases: red clover attacks anthracnose, ascochitis, cancer and rust.
  • Properties: is not only a fodder, but also a popular medicinal plant that has a diuretic, diaphoretic, choleretic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, hemostatic and astringent effect.

Read more about growing clover below.

Botanical description

Meadow clover is a biennial or perennial herb, reaching a height of 15 to 55 cm. Its stems are branched, ascending, the leaves are trifoliate, with finely toothed broad-ovate lobes. Leaflets are whole, ciliate at the edges. Loose spherical capitate inflorescences sit in pairs and are often covered with upper leaves, their corolla can be pink, white or variegated. The fruit of meadow clover is a single-seeded ovoid bean with yellowish-red or purple seeds.

Growing clover

Planting meadow clover

Clover is sown in early spring, immediately after the snow melts. It grows best in the sun or in partial shade on black soil, loamy and sandy loam soils, where cereals, potatoes, corn or root crops grew before it. And clover after clover can be sown only after five years. The pH value on the site should be in the range of pH 6.0-6.5, so acidic soils will have to be limed.

Before sowing, the land on the site is dug to the depth of the shovel bayonet, cleaned of weeds and leveled, and a week later, a complex mineral fertilizer is scattered over the surface. Two weeks later, when the soil settles, it is loosened with a rake, moistened, after which, having chosen a calm day, they begin to sow. Pre-seasoned for an hour in water and dried two-year-old clover seeds are mixed with dry soil in a ratio of 1: 5 and evenly distributed over the plot in rows, after which they are sprinkled on top with a layer of soil. Large seeds are covered with a layer 4-5 cm thick, and small ones - 1-2 cm. The seeding rate is approximately 10 g of seeds per 1 m² of plot. Watering after sowing is carried out with a watering can with a shower head, so as not to wash the seeds from under a thin layer of soil. Clover seeds germinate in 5-10 days.

Care rules

The most important point in the care of meadow clover is watering, since prolonged drought affects both the decorativeness of the lawn and the quality of medicinal raw materials. Too frequent and abundant moisture also has a bad effect on the condition of the plant, although white-headed clover is more resistant in this respect than pink. Water the clover in moderation, on average once a week, choosing for this in the early morning or evening hours.

Since meadow clover assimilates atmospheric nitrogen with the help of nodule bacteria, it only needs potassium-phosphorus fertilizers, which are applied in liquid form. If the clover grows in fertile soil, feeding is not needed at all.

Amazed red meadow clover diseases such as anthracnose, ascochitis, cancer and rust. To avoid the destruction of clover by these infections, it is necessary to choose varieties resistant to diseases for growing, be sure to disinfect them before sowing and harvest or mow the crop at the very beginning of flowering. In addition, it is extremely important to observe crop rotation and, if clover crops are affected by cancer, do not grow a crop in this area for at least 7 years. Against diseases such as ascochitis and rust, dusting of meadow clover with sulfur powder is effective, and anthracnose is fought with fungicides.

Nodule and clover weevils are the best known pests of meadow clover. Clover weevils damage the leaves, buds and flowers of clover: one insect larva can destroy up to 11 ovaries. To avoid a decrease in yield due to the harmful activity of clover weevils and their larvae, it is necessary to mow the crops during the budding period. In spring, nodule weevils damage the growth point at the seedlings, and later their larvae eat out the depressions in the roots and destroy the clover nodules. Insecticides will have to be used against these pests.

Collecting meadow clover

Red clover is harvested for hay at the very beginning of flowering. If you are late with harvesting, the quality of the feed deteriorates as the protein content of the plant decreases.

Only red clover flowers are used as medicinal raw materials, which are also removed at the beginning of flowering. After harvesting, the flowers are cut along the upper stem and dried in a shady place in the garden or in a semi-dark, well-ventilated room, where the temperature should not rise above 35 ºC. Store medicinal raw materials in paper bags or cardboard boxes in a dry, dark and cool place.

Types and varieties

In culture, two types of meadow clover are widespread: late-ripening single-cut and early-ripening double-cut. Early ripe clover is distinguished by its rapid development, an abundance of green mass, strong branching, dense foliage and the ability to form aftermath. And the late clover differs from the early one morphologically: it has longer stipules and a greater number of internodes - from 7 to 12. Late varieties give a good harvest in the first cut, but their ability to form aftermath is much lower than that of the early ones. However, the winter hardiness of late clover is higher than that of early maturing.

The most famous varieties of meadow clover are:

  • Amber - medium early variety, resistant to cancer and root rot, providing 2-3 mows during the growing season;
  • Perennial - early ripening, high-yielding winter-hardy hybrid variety, bred by crossing the varieties Slutskiy early ripe and Predkarpatskiy 33. During the growing season, this clover forms three cuttings;
  • Resilient - an early ripe winter-hardy variety of Belarusian selection, resistant to waterlogging and giving two mows per growing season;
  • Ternopil 2 - a high-yielding early maturing and winter-hardy variety of Ukrainian selection, forming 2-3 mows per season;
  • Maro - medium-early, resistant to cancer and root diseases, a variety of German selection;
  • Renova - a drought-resistant, highly productive variety, giving two mows per season;
  • Pratsavnik - a highly productive drought-resistant Belarusian variety, characterized by increased resistance to lodging and giving on average two mows per growing season.

In addition to those described, such varieties of red clover as Yaskrava, Dolina, Mereya, Vitebsk, Slutsky, Minsky, Demena, Tsudovny, Early-2, Trio, Veteran, Altyn, Amos, Green, Vityaz, Hephaestus and others are often grown in culture.

Properties of meadow clover - harm and benefit

Healing properties

Meadow clover is a popular medicinal plant, because it has a large amount of valuable substances. Why is meadow clover useful? Its leaves and inflorescences contain minerals and vitamins, salicylic acid, carotene, flavonoids, tannins, phytoestrogens, essential and fatty oils, fiber and other substances necessary for the human body.

Clover has long been used in folk and official medicine; on its basis, medicines, syrups and potions, biologically active additives were produced. Clover is included in the collection for the treatment of various diseases. At home, decoctions, infusions and tinctures are prepared from it, which, like fresh plant juice, are used for lotions, medicinal baths and rinses. Clover is added to powders, ointments, shampoos, lotions, cleansers and skin diseases.

Clover has a diuretic, diaphoretic, choleretic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, hemostatic and astringent effect, therefore it is used to treat many ailments. For example, decoctions of clover are used to treat diseases of the kidneys, biliary tract, inflammation of the appendages and bladder, urolithiasis, headaches and dizziness, asthenia and anemia, pulmonary tuberculosis, rickets, poisoning, bleeding and hemorrhoids. Decoctions and infusions of clover inflorescences remove excess fluid from the body, and using them for rinsing, they treat gingivitis, sore throat, stomatitis.

Since clover has an anti-sclerotic effect, it is used in the treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system and atherosclerosis. Clover preparations help to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, improve the condition of the veins, lower blood cholesterol levels, arterial and intracranial pressure, and increase hemoglobin. Flavonoids contained in clover saturate tissues with oxygen, normalize metabolism, fat metabolism and protect the body from premature aging.

Red clover is effective in treating all types of cancerous tumors: it clears mucus and blood, and stops the growth of cancer cells.


The use of meadow clover is contraindicated in such diseases and conditions as varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, extragene-dependent cancer, diarrhea, individual intolerance and pregnancy. Clover preparations are not recommended for those who have suffered a stroke or heart attack.

With prolonged use of clover preparations, potency in men may decrease and there is a delay in menstruation in women.

It is undesirable to use clover preparations for the treatment of children under two years of age, but if you think that it is necessary, consult a pediatrician beforehand.


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  1. The leaves of the first are wide, earthy green in color, glossy. While the second plate is narrow, matte, with a white stripe along the edges.
  2. The colchicum has six stamens inside the flower, while the second has only three.
  3. Crocus corms have the correct shape, and in autumn crocus they are larger, and the growth point is shifted sideways from the top.
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  5. The autumn crocus also differs in chemical composition. It contains a large number of alkaloids, a high concentration of which is concentrated in the underground part of the plant. Crocus is completely harmless to humans and animals.

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The use of meadow clover in home cosmetology

Clover dry extract is a nourishing, anti-inflammatory, emollient, moisturizing, anti-aging, secretion normalizing, antifungal and hair growth stimulator for oily, dry, aging, problem and dehydrated skin, as well as for oily hair. Introduced into cosmetics up to 1 to 5%.

Clover Supercritical CO2 Extract is a supercritical fluid extraction with natural carbon dioxide from the flowers and grass of the plant. Green oily mass. In cosmetic products it is used as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent. It is introduced into cosmetics from 0.01 to 0.1%.

Recipes for the use of meadow clover in home cosmetology:

  • moisturizing mask: grind 4 flowers and 9 clover leaves in a mortar, add 1 dessert spoon of honey, mix thoroughly. Apply the mass to the skin, the duration of the procedure is 15-20 minutes. Wash off with cool water.
  • moisturizing and toning mask for all skin types: grind the flowers and leaves of clover, and mix 1 tablespoon of puree with 1 yolk for dry skin or 1 protein for oily skin, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of 1% kefir. Apply the mass to cleansed skin of the face and neck. The duration of the procedure is 15-20 minutes. Wash off with cool water.
  • anti-dandruff infusion: 2 tablespoons of herbs in 1 glass of boiling water, insist in a thermos for at least 2 hours, filter. Rub the warm infusion daily into the scalp at night with light massaging movements.
  • tonic bath decoction: 50 g of herbs per 3 liters of water, boil for 10 minutes, leave for 20-30 minutes, filter into a bath. The water temperature is 37-38 ° С, the duration of the procedure is 15-20 minutes.
  • infusion for the eyes (relieves puffiness): 1 teaspoon of crushed raw materials per 100 ml of boiling water, leave for 30 minutes, allow to cool, filter. Wet cotton pads and put on the eyes, the duration of the procedure is 25 minutes.

Contraindications: not systematized.

Effective recipes for cholesterol and other diseases based on porridge

Meadow clover for cholesterol is a unique remedy that is famous all over the world. With proper preparation of the drug in a fairly short period of time, you can forget about the problem without using expensive medicines.

Clover tincture

Since ancient times, this culture has been used for cleaning blood vessels. One of the most popular remedies is clover infusion with vodka. For the preparation of such a drink, you can use both fresh and dry flowers of the culture.

Required Ingredients:

  • 500 g of grass
  • 500 ml of vodka.

Put clover flowers in a two-liter jar and fill them with liquid. The resulting mixture must be kept in a dark place for 2 weeks. At the end of the time, the liquid will need to be filtered and then refrigerated. Everyone can drink such an infusion, but adhering to certain dosages. First of all, this applies to elderly people. It is necessary to drink alcoholic tincture once a day before meals. The course of treatment is 30 days. Then you should take a break for 10 days and resume therapy again.

Clover tincture with alcohol has a tonic and calming effect.

It is useful to take this remedy in the spring season. It is at this time that the human body needs vitamins.

Sweet cholesterol medicine

To prepare such a remedy, you need to purchase clover honey at the pharmacy. To do this, you need to take 30 g of a delicacy and 10 ml of fresh lemon juice. Mix the components thoroughly to obtain a homogeneous mass. Store the medicine in the refrigerator.

Clover honey can lower blood pressure.

Take the composition every day before lunch. The course of treatment is one month. Clover honey is a very beneficial remedy. It is a natural antioxidant that quickly lowers cholesterol levels and restores the health of the circulatory system.

Clover decoction

To prepare the remedy, you must use the flowers and leaves of young plants. This is one of the popular recipes used all over the world.

For cooking you need:

  • 5 grams of flowers
  • 5 grams of leaves
  • 200 mg of boiling water.

Mix all components. Infuse the composition for 60 minutes. Then discard the mixture in a colander or strain with gauze. The infusion is taken 3 times a day, 20 mg at a time. It should be drunk exclusively before meals. The course of treatment should be 3 weeks.

For the remedy to be as effective as possible, it is recommended to store the tincture for no more than 2 days in a cold place.

Infusion of clover for diseases of the genitourinary system

This remedy perfectly copes with kidney pathologies, as well as with painful menstruation.

For the broth, you need to prepare:

  • two teaspoons of dried flowers
  • 200 mg of water.

Boil the liquid and place the herb in it. Infuse the product for 35 minutes. Takes 20 mg liquid 3 times a day. It is recommended to drink the infusion half an hour before meals.

To eliminate unpleasant symptoms with menopause, you will need to brew 3 tablespoons with a slide of flowers in 200 mg of water. Insist for an hour, after which you can start drinking. Drink 4 times a day, 0.5 cups before meals.

Clover for headaches

Often this symptom can be caused by the pathology of the endocrine system and malfunctioning of the vessels of the brain. To get rid of headaches and noises, you should brew oregano, linden flowers, clover, St. John's wort, currants, strawberries. Use all components in equal parts. Take in small amounts with jam or honey.

There is also another, no less effective recipe for headaches. To prepare it, you need to take a liter jar filled with clover, and pour vodka on top. Close the container tightly and keep in this state for two weeks. Take one tablespoon at bedtime. For such a tincture, you can use not only flowers, but also other parts of the plant. After 30 days, hearing will improve significantly, and the noises will no longer disturb.

Meadow clover is a really effective and popular remedy. But, despite all its positive aspects, it is recommended to consult a doctor before preparing and using the infusions.

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