Red clover is a low growing perennial, native to northwest Africa, Asia, and Europe. It has since been naturalized and cultivated in many parts of the world, including North America. The flower heads are collected in full bloom, during the summer months.
Druids believed that it could ward off evil spells and witches, while Medieval Christians believed that the three lobbed leaves were associated with the trinity and the four lobbed leaves as a symbol of the cross.
Flowers and sometimes the leaf and flower
Tea, in capsules and extracts. May also be eaten raw and seldom in salads.
Red clover is often cultivated as a fodder crop, and may also be tilled for green manure. It makes a wonderful ingredient in herbal tea, adding a light, sweet flavor along with its abundant medicinal properties. It may be integrated into a salve or balm and is traditionally used to support healthy skin. In some clinical trials, red clover has shown to support a healthy menopause by reducing symptoms. However, these results are disputed by similar clinical trials. As such, more research is necessary in order to completely understand the efficacy of the herb. Some studies have also shown that red clover may help to support cardiovascular health in women to a modest degree.
Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann pg. 590