Mint, mint and more mint!
A little bird told me Texas is now officially called: cooking oven. This is another opportunity to state that the weather has gone crazy, and the Earth is definitely trying to communicate with us, even if it is in an extreme way! This is an endless subject, but not precisely mine today even though it’s related to heat.
When temperatures rise, and rise and stay at a high top around the 100s, life can become even more stressful as we become irritable, moody, tired, lazy, some rashes might pop-up, sleep becomes difficult, digestion troubles might occur, etc… and much more depending on our own constitution or personality. It can affect some of us less than others (lucky those) but to some extent it does disturb everyone. We can’t control the weather, neither we can’t stop functioning and just lay in a tub filled up with water and ice cubes all day! So what can we do…?
MINT! You probably think I lost it, because of the heat. In fact, mint has incredible cooling properties that makes it the perfect partner in crime for the summer. Most of you have probably eaten some time a fresh and minty tabouleh:
Ingredients*: Serves 4 people
1-1/2 cup of cooked quinoa, couscous, or bulgur (cracked wheat)
1 big or two small tomatoes
1 big grated carrot (or 2 small)
Sliced green onion or chives
Optional: One small grated beet
*Use all fresh organic produce if possible, to avoid adding pesticides and other chemicals to your food – including your mint!
1 – 1 1/2 lemon juice (depending on the lemon size)
3 – 4 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
Rock salt (sea salt is heating) or Braggs (liquid aminoacids)
A pinch of pepper
A handful (my hand is small, so yours might translate into half a hand) of fresh peppermint leaves, finely sliced to release all its cooling flavor
Aromatherapy: a few drops go a long way!
Homemade mint spray recipe
6 oz glass spray bottle (essential oils can damage plastic)
20 drops of peppermint essential oil
6 oz filtered or distilled water
Mix water with essential oil drops in the spray bottle, and SHAKE it well each time before spraying your arms, neck and legs with it. I’d suggest you first test it on a small area of our skin, to discard any allergy reaction. You can also use it as a room spray!
What about sipping on a cold mint tea or mint-infused water? And chewing on some mint leaves? Using an aromatherapy diffuser to spread some mint smell in the house or at the office…?
These are just a few of suggestions, but you can be creative with mint – including using Dr Bronner peppermint soap that leaves a wonderfully refreshing tingling on the skin…. ahhhh I immediately feel a looooot cooler just writing about Mint.
Be minty cool, be minty happy!
PS: And remember that a cooling nap is always welcome, “it’s actually mandatory! “meows The Cat:
Aromatherapy Nebulizer – http://www.chiactivate.com/products/aromatherapy/aromatherapydiffuser.shtml (I highly recommend this kind of diffuser over the ones with a tea candle, to avoid burning the essential oils)
I usually recommend high-quality therapeutic grade oils, but in the case of peppermint AuraCacia and Now brands – that you can find at Whole Foods or any health store – will do the cooling job.
Aura Cacia – http://www.auracacia.com/auracacia/acproducts/acessoils.html