There is nothing like feeling soft grass between my toes. I’m not exactly sure why, but it gives me such pleasure. I think maybe it’s a need to feel connected to the Earth, because I feel much the same thing gardening as I plunge my hands into the rich soil.
I grew up in a neighborhood where the kids ran barefoot all summer. Rarely was anyone injured, because the soles of our young feet were tough as shoe leather. The one exception came from the bees harvesting fields of clover. They didn’t care much for being disturbed from the busy work of collecting pollen to feed the hive, and although our soles were protected from their stingers, the rest of the foot was not. In my mind, the patches of clover were the bee’s domain.
It wasn’t until I became interested in herbal remedies that I learned of the health benefits of red clover. Herbalist use the flowers to treat a wide variety of conditions, fight infections, promote hormonal balance, and restore the glow to ashen skin. This plant is a source of beta-carotene, zinc, calcium, potassium, selenium, iron, and vitamin E, C, B1, B2, and B3.
Sometimes when I hike I like to munch on a flower and stick a few more in my pocket to add later to a cup of green tea.
Here’s to your good health, my friends.