TRIFOLIUM REPENS, WHITE CLOVER (DUTCH CLOVER)
Native to Europe and part of the Legume Family. White clover can be found growing happily in lawns, parks, roadsides, and meadows. They grow close to the ground and are hardy, perennial plants that do not mind being trampled.
It is wonderful to know, you can eat the flowers, seeds, leaves and stems in all sorts of ways. These gentle blooms are slightly sweet and make a wonderful tea whether you use the fresh or dried blooms.
Did you know that until the 1950’s clover was included lawn seed mixes? They are affordable, easy to grow and drought tolerant!
THE MAIN POINTS
- Clover are nitrogen fixers
- Is a living mulch that protects soil from erosion
- Attract bees, ever heard of clover honey?
- Clover is food and medicine
- Can be used as smudge to cleanse the energies of your home
Young leaves harvested are eaten fresh in salads or cooked and added to soups. If you harvest a good amount of leaves, you can cook them as a vegetable on its own, like spinach. Flowers and seeds can be dried and ground into a flour. Flowers has a delicate vanilla flavor and is wonderful in baked goods.
I must admit, I love the energetic connection with the blooms, and for me, you can taste their gentleness in a cup of tea; they lift my spirits and remind me that I am part of it all. We are not simply humans and they are plants, we are connected.
Though I have neither rabbits nor chickens, I hear they love clover too. If you find a great place to harvest some clover, here is some recipes you could try out.
- 4 cups of flowers (any combination red/white)
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of sugar
Add your flowers (only blossoms, no leaves, or stems) to a pot cover with water and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Strain the infused liquid; remember to return the flowers to the earth. Liquid and sugar should be a one-to-one ratio, so if the water reduced, so too must the sugar. Add sugar and boil to a consistency that you prefer. If you have lots of flowers you can certainly make sufficient to preserve and store for later use.
Strawberry White Clover Cookies (author: Kathie N. Lapcevic)
- 1 Cup Butter, softened
- 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Fresh White Clover Blossoms, packed & chopped
- 1 Cup Strawberries, diced
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Sift together the flour and baking soda. Set aside. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well. Stir in the milk. Beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until well combined. Fold in the white clover blossoms and strawberries and mix until combined. Drop dough by Tablespoons full onto prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes. Edges will be golden brown. Cool on wire cooling racks.
White Clover Pudding
- 2 cups of white clover blossoms (remove/snip petals from the flower head and discard any browned petals)
- 1 tbsp. (or one sheet) of organic unflavoured gelatine
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (approx. two large oranges)
- 4 tablespoons of White Clover Honey preferably – though any honey will do
- 1 cup of heavy cream whipped to stiffness (or 1 cup of full fat organic Greek yogurt)
- pinch of salt
Dissolve the gelatine in 1/4 cup of water. In a small saucepan slowly bring to a boil the white clover blossoms, water, orange juice, honey and salt. Remove from heat, stir in gelatine until completely dissolved, and allow standing for 10 minutes. Place covered in refrigerator until the mixture begins to jell. Whip 1 cup of heavy cream until it stiffens OR get your cup of yogurt handy. Fold whipped cream or yogurt into the jelled clover mixture. Place into a clear glass serving bowl and refrigerate until set.
Always remember when making anything with wildflowers or weeds, they should be free from pesticides!
Flowering heads are useful in purifying and cleansing the blood. A strong tea of the blossoms can be used to clean boils, abscesses, and wounds.
An infusion of the flowers can be used as an eye wash for disease of the eye. In fact, I bought this beautiful blue eyebath at an antique fair for just that, could not believe my luck in finding such a wonderful asset to my home apothecary.
You can treat coughs, colds and fevers with a cup of tea, white clover is an expectorant. Tinctured leaves can be applied as an ointment for gout.
Tinctures are created by adding fresh or dried plant matter into alcohol to extract the medicinal properties of the herb and to preserve the medicine for later use. Personally, I use this tincture when I just want a pick me up. I add a few drops to a cup of boiling water and drink this as a wonderful tea. Of course, you could use the tincture to treat coughs and colds.
Red & White Clover
FOLKTALE AND MAGIC ALIKE
White clover flower can be of a great help for those who are struggling to understand the inevitable & can’t stop denying something they refuse to believe.
Clover is seen as a symbol of fortune & good luck.
In some Scandinavian countries, it is also used to ward off evil spirits & to help a seer develop their psychic abilities.
Hang a bundle over your door to keep negative entities away, or plant it in your front yard, around the edge of your property.
Carry some dried clover in your wallet to bring financial gain your way, or keep it in your pocket when you’re at a gaming table.
Because of its cleansing properties, you can dry some clover & burn it like you would sage or sweetgrass, as part of a smudging or purification ritual.
Protection from Evil.
Carry white clover flowers in a flannel bag to break a Hex.
It was thought to give anyone who carried its leaves the ability to detect witches, sorcerers & good fairies.
White Clover flower & white clover seed can be used for helping overcome fears when living through change, breaking cycles of negativity & strengthen inner knowing & intuition.
To make a tincture of clover blossoms steep in vinegar for 3 days.
The vinegar is then sprinkled around the house to discourage unwanted entities.
Carry some flowers in your purse or pocket as a protective charm & to attract a new love.
White clover counteracts hexes & is scattered around the premises for this.
In conclusion, clover can beautify your lawn, feed the bees and make a wonderful addition to your home pantry. Tell me, do you use clover in your home? I certainly love the idea of using them to smudge the energy of my home.