It was also used as a diuretic, to cleanse the body of excess fluids and toxins, wherein it was thought to help cleanse and strengthen the liver. For colds, it was also used as an expectorant, helping to clear the lungs of mucus and fluid. Spiritually, it was widely seen as a powerful agent in bringing good luck to financial arrangements, or blessing and protecting domestic animals. The flowers were also often mixed into potions intended to induce lust in those who drank them.
Modern herbalist still view Red Clover as a potent aid in helping coughs and colds, using it to aid and treat whooping cough and a wide range of other respiratory problems. Red clover is also often used externally, treating skin irritation and swelling, psoriasis, and eczema.