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Red Clover Vitamin Tonic

The blossoms of red clover are delicious, as any honeybee will demonstrate. This little wildflower makes a superlative tea, tasty and nutrient-rich by itself or combined with oats, nettle, violet, and mint, as in this tonic.

  • Yield: Makes 1 quart

Photography: Jonathon Kantor

Source: Body+Soul, July/August 2005


  • 3 teaspoons red-clover flowers/leaves
  • 2 teaspoons oats, milky green tops (or oatstraw)
  • 1 teaspoon nettle leaf
  • 1 teaspoon violet leaves
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint or spearmint


  1. Pour 1 quart boiling water over herbs; cover and steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink 2 to 3 cups daily for tonic benefits.

Cook's Notes

Safety Notes: red clover has blood-thinning properties and should be avoided by people on heart medication or blood thinners. Discuss your use of herbs with a health-care provider if you have a serious health condition or are taking medication.

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