Red Clover Leaf and Blossom (trifolium pratense)

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH common NAME: Standard: Red Clover Leaf and Blossom Also known as; red clover, beebread, cow clover, meadow clover latin NAME: Trifolium pratense Plant Family: Fabaceae PART(S) USED: Dried Flowers and Leaves OVERVIEW: Red clover can be a common sight around meadows, parks, and fields during late spring. A low growing, short-lived perennial in the pea family, it has three lobed leaves and dark pink, densely packed flower heads. Red clover contains "isoflavones" which are changed in the body to "phytoestrogens" that are similar to the hormone estrogen. PREPARATIONS: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not take red clover if you are taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex). May interact with other medications: blood thinners, liver, cancer medications. Red clover acts like estrogen and might disturb important hormone balances, especially during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Don’t use it if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or using birth-control pills. Red clover can cause rash-like reactions, muscle ache, headache, nausea, and vaginal bleeding (spotting) in some women. In large quantities, red clover has been known to cause sterility in livestock. Bleeding disorders: Red clover might increase the chance of bleeding. Avoid large amounts and use with caution. Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Red clover might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don't use red clover. Surgery: Red clover might slow blood clotting. It might increase the chance of extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking red clover at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredsReq.do?srchRchTxt=Trifolium+pratense&srchRchRole=-1&mthd=Search&lang=eng