Red clover is foraged for both its medicinal and nutrient-ish edible properties. This all natural detox tea is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can also help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation.
Taking just a single cup of red clover tea may help prevent harmful organisms that cause infection from making you sick – or sicker. Red clover has long been used to reduce fever, natural arthritis soother, and no-tox gout treatment.
Although making a tincture out of red clover flower heads is recommended when a wound wash is called for, during a survival situation waiting six weeks for a tincture to process might not be an option.
In a pinch, you can use the red cover tea – once it has cooled to room temperature, as a SHTF wound wash. The honey and cinnamon in the tea offers its own set of healing and bacteria fighting powers and would not need to be omitted when using the all natural tea for this purpose.
Red Clover Medicinal Uses
- Immune system booster
- Premature aging fighter
- Fever reduction
- General cold and flu symptoms
This wild edible and medicinal plant has not been approved as a drug by the FDA and further study is needed to prove its healing power. But, red clover has been used for hundreds of years basically around the globe and by Native Americans, to treat and prevent a whole host of common ailments and conditions.
I am not a medical professional of any type. The information presented here is shared from my own experience for educational and research purposes only. Always talk to your doctor before embarking on a natural remedy routine. While red clover is likely safe for most folks to use, that does not mean it could not cause an allergic reaction, interact poorly with other medications or chronic conditions.
Red Clover Detox Tea Recipe
- Cooking heat source
- Teapot or coffee cup if using a microwave
- Strainer or steeper – fine mesh strainer is recommended
- Measuring spoon
- 1 tablespoon dried or fresh red clover buds leaves can be used as well
- 1 teaspoon honey or to taste
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, lemon, or mint or all additives to taste optional
- 1 water water
- Wash the red clover flower heads and leaves (if using them too).
- Bring the water to a rolling boil. If using a microwave, the process takes about 3 minutes, depending upon the power of your oven.
- Carefully toss in the red clover flower heads.
- Steep the flower heads for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Strain away the red clover flower heads and – or leaves and collect the hot liquid in a coffee cup.
- Stir in the honey and any other chosen additives.
- Make sure the red clover tea is cool enough to sip and enjoy.
How to Use Red Clover Tea Externally
Let the tea cool to room temperature.
Apply the red clover tea to dry, chapped, or itchy skin or minor wounds using a cotton ball or clean cotton cloth.
Always do a small patch skin test before using a new wound wash to determine if you could have an allergic reaction.
Red Clover Tea Warnings
- It is not recommended for pregnant women, or women trying to become pregnant, drink red clover tea. The herbal tea is a uterine tonic that might stimulate the uterus and result in a miscarriage, cause a growth disorder, and – or birth defects.
- Women taking birth control pills are also cautioned against consuming red clover tea without the approval of their doctor. The medicinal tea could have an impact on hormonal stability and reproductive organs.
- Do not drink if you have an allergic reaction to aspirin.
- Do not consume if you are on blood thinners, have a problem with thin blood, or are going to have surgery or even a tooth pulled within a two week time period. Red clover may enhance the power of blood thinner medication, hemophiliacs should never consume this tea and all heart patients are urged to speak with their doctor before considering use.
- People with thyroid problems should not drink red clover herbal tea because it could interfere with prescribed medications.
- Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy should not use red clover tea. All cancer patients taking medication should discuss the use of this tea with their oncologist before considering use.
- Diabetics should never consume this tea without discussing its use with their doctor.
- Individuals that have been turned down for estrogen supplements by their doctor or are undergoing any type of hormone replacement therapy should not drink this tea because it may impact or interfere with the body’s natural production of estrogen.
- Women who have a history of any type of genital cancer or breast cancer should not consume red clover detox tea because it could increase the growth rate of the tumors. If you have a history of such cancers in your family, discuss the use of the tea with your doctor before use.
If you experience nausea, a skin rash, or headaches after using red clover tea externally or drinking it, this may be a sign of an allergic reaction. Discontinue use and speak to your doctor about the symptoms.