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How to Make Red Clover Tea

Updated on October 3, 2017
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Athlyn Green lives on an acreage and enjoys the flowers, plants, and bushes therein.

Red Clover Blossom
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Red clover is a perennial that grows in numerous places throughout the world, including North America. It can be seen poking up in gardens and yards. The plant is also known as trifolium, sweet clover, purple clover and cow clover.

Plants can be grown from seed or from cuttings. Red clover grows readily and when flowers open, these can be harvested to make red clover tea.

Yes tea. The home garden and yard yields a surprising variety of plants that not only add ground cover, color and scent but that can also be used to make flavorful and healthful teas. In my article How to Make Rose Petal Tea, I discussed how to harvest roses, and in a similar fashion, the flowers from red clover can be used to make tea.

If you plan on making red clover tea, ensure that you pick plants well away from roadsides or from areas that have may been sprayed with chemicals. Your own backyard is your best resource for harvesting natural plants for tea.

Nutritious and healthful red clover tea can be easily made at home. Brew tea made from red clover blossoms for a warm drink or serve it chilled.

Why Make Red Clover Tea?

Red clover tea (Trifolium pratense) is commonly brewed because of its medicinal properties.

Red clover is believed to combat cancer development and is used as a blood cleanser. The whole plant, infusion, or oil is used to treat a number of health complaints, ranging from coughs and fevers to high cholesterol and fertility problems.

Red clover contains phytoestrogens and flavonoid-type antioxidants.

Pretty and Practical

Petals don't just offer beauty, some can be steeped to make delicately-flavored teas.

Sweet Red Clover Makes a Healthful Tea

Red Clover
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How to Make Red Clover Tea


  • Place 1 Tbsp. of fresh or dried red clover blossoms in a cup
  • Pour 1-11/2 cups boiling water over the dried blossoms to make tea


  • 1 tsp. dried herb and blossom
  • 1 cup boiling water

Healing Tea

A simple cup of tea has the power to deliver healing herbal agents to the bloodstream more quickly than capsules, tinctures, or infusions.

Chilled Red Clover Beverage

Place a handful of fresh blossoms in a jug and pour water over. Allow to steep and store in fridge for a refreshing beverage on hot days.

Have You Tried Red Clover Tea?

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      Dorothy wI heard from Dr. Oz. that red clover tea is good for your health. Got some red clover and am going to try it.. 5 years ago

      Going to try it.

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      kims3003 6 years ago

      I was searching for this actually. Thanks for sharing - nicely done with a nice writing style by the way! I also write at Triond and commented on one of your Triond articles as well as requested your friendship. Hope you will do the same

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I will have to try red clover tea. It sounds like the benefits make it a must try. Thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I’ve never heard of red clover tea before. Thank you for the instructions and information. I’m looking forward to trying this tea in both the hot and chilled versions.