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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Herbarium: Magical and Medicinal Uses of Clover

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Clover. Includes FREE BOS page!

Gender: Masculine
Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Powers: Exorcism, Fidelity, Love, Money, Protection, Success
Magical Uses and History:  There are many different types of clover, all of which can be used magically. Clover has been long regarded as a lucky plant likely because of the religious connotations associated with the trifoliate leaves which symbolize the Trinity. As such, they were often worn for protection and to deflect evil and spells. Four-leaf clovers, on the other hand, are often associated with the cross and were believed to bring the finder fortune. In some cultures, four-leaf clovers were worn to help a man avoid military service. It has also been used fo enhance physic powers and to detect the presence of spirits. Placing it in your shoe will increase your chances of meeting a rich new lover.

Two- and five-leaved clovers are much less common than four-leaf clovers, but still possess potent magic. Finding a two-leaf clover means you shall soon find a lover, while a five-leaf clover will bring riches, especially if worn. In general, however, clover is believed to repel snakes, literally and figuratively, from your property if grown there. I haven't seen it repel real snakes, but it certainly chased off my ex-husband! Ha! It also brings general protection, whether worn or placed around the home, and aids in getting over heartbreak. Furthermore, clover is one of the flowers of the faeries and can aid in your ability to see and work with them, whether you sit and meditate or hedge ride with clover present or place clover blossoms on your altar to attract faeries.

White and red clover have slightly different magical properties, apart from the general good luck, love, and protection properties mentioned above. White clover helps break hexes while red clover removes negative spirits, is used in lust potions, and brings prosperity.

Clover can be used in a number of spells including:
     Love Spells
     Protection Magic
     Spirit Communication
     Faerie Magic
     Prosperity Spells

Medicinal Uses: Red Clover, not white clover, is commonly used to treat children with skin problems, especially eczema and psoriasis. For adults, it is commonly used as an expectorant to treat coughs and bronchitis. However, it should be noted that red clover contains a hormone-like chemical called isoflavones which have caused reproductive failure and liver disease in cheetahs and sterility in livestock which consumed in large quantities. Furthermore, red clover is a blood thinner. So err on the side of caution and do not use red clover regularly and avoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Preparation and Dosage: Internally, red clover can be taken as an infusion/tea or as a tincture. To make an infusion, combine one cup of boiling water with 1-3 teaspoons of dried red clover flowers. Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Drink up to 3 times a day. In tincture form, take 2-6 milliliters up to 3 times a day. To make a poultice, combine dried red clover flowers with hot water in muslin and place on the affected area for 10-15 minutes. Red clover can also be used externally as a salve.


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