Valentine’s Day is a traditional day to celebrate love with chocolates and flowers.
This year, rather than spending all of your money on roses, take a chance on a tiny flower with a gigantic dose of special magic.
It’s a common flower native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, but it’s been naturalized in North and South America, too.
Cows munch on it, honey bees love it, and people have used it in any number of beauty and medicinal potions for ages.
These round, reddish, porcupine-petaled flowers cover most meadows from May through September.
Do you know what it is?
It’s red clover.
And red clover, or Trifolium Pratense as it’s formally known, has some amazing abilities when it comes to winding back the hands of time for your skin.
What Makes Red Clover Great
Red clover is a wonder nutrient for your skin. It contains calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.
It’s also rich in isoflavones, which stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production, improve your skin’s moisture levels, and increase the thickness of your skin.
In “what does it do for me” terms, that means it nourishes your skin so that it can grow (think “new skin”). It minimizes lines, plumps up wrinkles so they disappear, and increases your skin’s elasticity, making it softer and more youthful looking.
Red clover is particularly useful as a remedy for eczema and psoriasis because it contains powerful antioxidants and isoflavones. These wonder compounds regenerate and stimulate the cellular metabolism of the skin.
…That’s an added bonus for dry and mature skin!
More Interesting Facts
Red clover is more than just a skincare ingredient. Chefs, animals, and the Earth love this mighty plant.
Red clover is a legume, like beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts. It’s edible from roots to flowers. You’ll find fresh red clover flowers and greens in salads, cocktails, canapes, and desserts.
The flowers taste a little like raw green beans with just a hint of sweetness. The leaves are often added to salads or spinach and used when cooking with lamb, amaranth, collards, or other wilted greens.
It’s also a favorite food of many animals, though game birds and furry friends are probably its most frequent diners. Quail, wild turkey, marmot, and woodchucks prefer the leaves and seeds of red clover. On a farm, cows, horses, and sheep will spend a lot of time grazing in red clover fields. 😊
And speaking of farms, red clover is becoming a go-to for farmers. As a legume, red clover is able to take nitrogen from the air and bind it in nodules on their roots, called “nitrogen fixing.” This provides the plant with more than enough of the nitrogen it needs to grow. Leftover nitrogen is left in the soil fertilizing it organically and with more abundance than chemical fertilizers. This allows farmers to quickly restore depleted nutrients without the use of chemicals. It’s so effective that red clover has become essential in true organic farming.
Your skin, chefs, animals, and the Earth love this little plant. Can it help banish wrinkles? We think so. That’s why we’ve used organic red clover in our Remarkably Clean Purifying Facial Cleanser.
This anti-aging powerhouse plant works wonders on wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines while keeping your skin calm, supple, and itch-free.
We think you’ll love it, too. 💖