Plowed clover: description, properties, application

For many, clover is a common weed. And today it is actively used in alternative medicine: decoctions, infusions, teas are made from it ... Why is this seemingly inconspicuous clover useful?


  • Plow clover - botanical description
  • The use of plowed clover in folk medicine
  • Folk recipes from plowed clover

Plow clover - botanical description

Plowed clover or, as it is also called, hare clover, cat clover, seals, cat ears, porridge, etc. is an annual plant from the Clover genus. This is a short plant (5-30 cm) with a thin straight herbaceous stem, trifoliate oblong leaves of a bluish-green color. Clover flowers are small, most often pinkish, but sometimes white ones are also found.

Flowers in single heads, shaggy, initially rounded, and a little later - cylindrical. The stem, leaves, and calyx have soft, fine hairs that make the whole plant appear gray.

Plowed clover begins to bloom in May and lasts until autumn; seed ripening begins in June. It is distributed by seeds, and the seeds are very windy and easily carried by the wind.

Plow clover is one of the most common plants that grows almost everywhere. It can be found in a field, meadow, wasteland, arable land, like a weed in crops. It is widespread in Europe, in Russia it inhabits the European part, the North Caucasus, Western Siberia, the Far East, and Eastern Siberia.

Plowed clover is a good grazing plant readily eaten by domestic animals. However, it does not give high and stable yields of grass mass, therefore, it does not have a special fodder value.

The use of plowed clover in folk medicine

The beneficial properties of plowed clover are due to the content of substances beneficial to human health. It is rich in tannins and minerals, essential oils, glycosyl tridomin, quercetin, resinous substances, nitrogen-containing organic compounds, vitamins C and E, etc.

Due to such a rich chemical composition, clover has antiseptic, anti-sclerotic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, analgesic, hypoglycemic properties, and therefore it is advisable to use it to treat the following diseases:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bronchitis
  • Neuroses
  • Dysentery
  • Diseases of the urinary tract
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Rheumatism
  • Colitis, etc.

Poultices from arable clover are effective in the treatment of pathologies such as cough, rheumatism, chest disease. An infusion of this herb is often given to young children with digestive disorders. This remedy is most effective for the so-called summer diarrhea in children, it ensures complete recovery even in cases where other remedies do not help.

The infusion of this unique plant is also known as an effective remedy in the fight against sweating of the feet, as well as a wound healing agent for festering wounds and ulcers.

A preparation based on plowed clover called Trifolium arvense is widely used in homeopathic treatment. Fresh clover grass is used to prepare this preparation. This drug is prescribed for the treatment of gastritis, diarrhea, diseases of the rheumatic breed.

Folk recipes from plowed clover

The herb for the preparation of medicinal decoctions or infusions can be collected independently or purchased at the pharmacy. Plowed clover is harvested during flowering and dried in the open air.

  1. Infusion of plowed clover. Place a little dry herb (about two teaspoons) in a thermos, pour one glass of boiled water. Leave to infuse for 5-6 hours, then strain. The resulting infusion should be taken 1-2 tablespoons before each meal. The resulting infusion can also be used as an external agent. They can wash wounds and inflamed skin areas. You can also make baths from it, for example, to reduce sweating of the legs.
  2. Broth from plowed clover. Place 1-2 tablespoons of dry herb in an enamel pan, pour cold water (200-250 ml), bring to a boil over low heat. Remove from heat, cover and leave for 1-2 minutes. After that, strain the broth and take 1 tablespoon before each meal (no more than 5 times a day).
  3. You can also use this medicinal plant as a poultice. To do this, make a small bag of gauze, put a little dry grass in it, dip it in boiling water and then, hot, apply it to the sore spot.
  4. For rheumatism, skin diseases or extensive wounds, it is recommended to take clover baths. To do this, prepare a decoction or infusion of this medicinal plant, add it to water and take a bath for 30-40 minutes.

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