How to Infuse Red Clover Blossoms?


Red clover blossoms (Trifolium pratense) are used in a number of traditional herbal remedies, and are also used in the kitchen to flavor lemonade, juice, syrup, rice, salads and breads. Hot infusion is one of the easiest ways to enjoy red clover blossoms, and when cooled, makes a refreshing, healthy alternative to caffeinated drinks and sugary sodas. Make the infusion using fresh or dried blossoms before you go to bed at night and, in the morning, the infusion will be ready to drink or to use in your favorite herbal remedy.

Step 1

Place 1 cup of fresh red clover blossoms or 2 tbsp. of dried blossoms into a 1-qt. glass canning jar. Fill the jar to the top with boiling water.

Step 2

Place the lid securely on the jar. Allow the red clover infusion to steep for at least eight hours, or overnight.

Step 3

Place a piece of cheesecloth in the bottom of a wire mesh strainer and place the strainer over a bowl. Pour the infusion through the strainer. Use the infusion within 36 hours.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use only glass canning jars, which are made to withstand high levels of heat. Other jars may break when the boiling water is added to the red clover.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup fresh or 2 tbsp. dried red clover blossoms
  • 1 qt. canning jar with lid
  • Cheesecloth
  • Wire mesh strainer
  • Bowl


  • University of Vermont: Herbal Preparations
  • Prodigal Gardens: Red Clover's Eloquent Tastes
  • Susun Weed: How to Make Nourishing Herbal Infusions
  • Herbs 2000: Red Clover --Trifolium Pratense
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.