Information on Sweet Clover

Latin NameMelilotus officinalis
Other NamesMelilot
Part UsedFlowering Tops
Herb FormsTincture, oil, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Integumentary system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsThis is a coumarin-containing plant; use moderately if taken internally. Consult an experienced herbalist before using this herb if you are taking blood-thinners like dicoumarol.
Botanical InfoAn annual or biennial from the Pea family with glabrous leaflets in three's, short spikes of yellow flowers, and a sweetish vanilla-like scent.
DescriptionSweet clover contains coumarin and flavones, which increase blood coagulation time slightly, and help prevent leakage from tiny blood vessels in the body, which promotes free movement of the blood, prevent bruises and help relieve pain from sprains, strains, and other external trauma. The herb is sometimes recommended for thrombophlebitis and varicose veins. It has been used externally as a poultice for sore breasts and as a wash to strengthen the eyes.

Sweet Clover has a taste of SWEET, AROMATIC and a temperature of COOL.


Tincture20-30 drops 2-3 x daily
OilExternal use

Ailments Treated by Sweet Clover

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Breasts, sorepain-relievingoil externally
Varicose veinsvenous tonicoil externally
Sprainsblood moveroil externally


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