I was clearing some garden beds where some red clover had self-sown. I decided to harvest and use the flowers first. Red clover flowers can be used in salads or cooked in various dishes, and have many nutrient and health benefits. This time I wanted to preserve those benefits to use medicinally. So I made a tincture.
Note: Red clover is considered a great cleansing herb, particularly useful for skin conditions, and having strong anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. However, it has phyto-estrogen properties which make it unsuitable for patients on blood-thinning drugs, those who are pregnant, and for those on certain hormone treatments. It is not my intention to give any medical advice on this website, and readers are advised to do their own research and consult a medical practioner when appropriate. There is a great deal of information about the use of red clover on the internet.
Pick healthy red clover flowers. Wash to remove any bugs etc. Shake well to remove excess water - I spun them in a salad spinner. Trim as needed. I removed most of the leaves and stems, but a few leaves are fine. Pack flowers into a glass jar. Cover with plain vodka, 40% alcohol. Stir. Screw on lid. Place in cupboard. Shake or stir every few days - the colour will quickly drain from the flowers as the tincture evolves. After 4-6 weeks, strain through cheesecloth, squeezing out as much liquid as possible.
Bottle the tincture in a clean jar, label, and store in a dark place. I decanted some into a small dropper bottle for easy dispensing. Dropper bottles are available in a six pack from iherb.
Dosage: Research or consult a practitioner to find what is right for you. Personally, I plan to take 5ml per day and see how I feel.