Red Clover Herbal Tea

8 Servings 

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Written by Eco Farm Finder

July 14, 2023


Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a flowering plant that has a long history of medicinal use, particularly in the form of tea. While there are 75 species of true clover (trifolium spp.) in the US alone, red clover is most abundantly found in all ecosystems.

Because of its abundance, medicinal and nutritional properties, it is an excellent wild food source. Red clover is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. 

red clover Trifolium pratense wild harvest


Red clover is known medicinally around the world for its quality alterative and blood cleansing properties, and has been used to treat several conditions including cancer, respiratory problems, skin inflammations such as psoriasis and eczema (1).

Red clover contains compounds such as isoflavones, flavonoids, and coumarins that contribute to its potential health benefits. It is believed to have several medicinal properties, including:

1) Hormonal Support: Red clover is commonly used to support women’s health, particularly during menopause. The isoflavones in red clover, such as genistein and daidzein, are phytoestrogens that may help alleviate menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.

2) Skin Health: The traditional use of red clover extends to skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. The plant’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties may help reduce skin inflammation, promote healing, and improve overall skin health.

3) Bone Health: Isoflavones in red clover may have a positive impact on bone density, potentially reducing the risk of osteoporosis. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effects on bone health.

4) Respiratory Health: Red clover tea has been used as an herbal remedy for respiratory ailments, including coughs, bronchitis, and asthma. It is believed to have expectorant properties that can help soothe respiratory passages and alleviate symptoms.

red clover herbal tea

History of Use as Tea:

Red clover has been used for centuries in traditional medicine systems, including Native American and European herbal traditions. Red clover tea, made by steeping the dried flowers or leaves in hot water, has been consumed for its potential health benefits. It was traditionally used as a tonic for various ailments, including those related to hormonal imbalances and respiratory issues.

It’s important to note that while red clover has a history of traditional use and some scientific evidence supporting its potential benefits, more research is needed to establish its efficacy and safety. As with any herbal remedy, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before using red clover or any herbal product, especially if you have underlying medical conditions or are taking medications that may interact with it.

red clover Trifolium pratense


12 red clover flowers (leaves are ok to include)

8 Cups of water

½ lemon, juiced

1-2 Tablespoons raw honey (Optional) 

TIP:  A great variation of this tea is to swap the lemon juice and sweetener with a few sprigs of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and 4-6 thin slices of fresh ginger root. It adds natural sweetness and light lemon flavor plus a lot of additional medicinal benefits.

beetroot and kumera quiche recipe
Red Clover Trifolium pratense
farm fresh lemon juice
raw honey


1) Bring the water to a boil in a pot.

2) Remove the pot from the stove and allow the water to cool for 10 minutes.

3) Add the red clover flowers to the water and let it infuse for a minimum of 30 minutes.

4) Strain the infusion to remove the flowers and plant parts.

5) Mix in the honey and lemon juice.

6) Heat desired amount on stovetop to sip on hot, or place in the fridge to chill or add ice for a cold, refreshing tea.

TIP: If you would like a stronger flavor and greater medicinal and nutritional benefits from your tea, allow it to infuse for a longer period (eg. 1-2 hours) 


Red Clover herbal tea


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