The summer heat has arrived and it sure makes me want some refreshing water!
We have some mint and lemon balm herb growing and if you are familiar with the plant you know they spread like crazy. It was a perfect day to make some flavored water! I used our mint, which I think we have the spearmint variety. They do grow in various other flavors. I plucked a few stems (they spread so much I have many to spare), washed the leaves, cut up a lemon and put it all in a picture of ice water.
Not to mention, mint has a ton of health benefits for you. I found a whole list over at www.helpwithcooking.com.
- Relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome by relaxing the muscles in and around the intestine.
- Act as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body against the formation of cancerous cells.
- Inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungus.
- Ease and unblock the breathing and respiratory passages and airways.
- Relieves the symptoms of colds and flu.
- Mint can help with nasal allergies.
- It can relieve congestion, head colds and headaches.
- Act as a mild sedative and has calming properties.
- Relieve minor aches and pains such as muscle cramps and sprains.
- Combat bad breath.
- Provides a cooling sensation to the skin and can help to treat minor burns, itching and skin irritations.
- Mint is a very good cleanser for the blood.
- Mint tea can help clear up skin disorders such as acne.
You are welcome for the health lesson today!
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