It’s getting chilly and the leaves are turning. I think this means that fall is officially here. I’m ok with that…as long as I’m warm. I really don’t like being cold, but I DO love snowshoeing. Conundrum, sure. I always get to warm up with a nice toasty beverage afterwards. Although I didn’t go snowshoeing last tonight I did indulge in a toasty beverage. You see, I love mint. Mint, honey, lime brown sugar sauce? YES PLEASE! A month ago I was given some fresh-from-the-garden mint in abundance and I couldn’t use it fast enough. I left it out to dry and put it in a container, where it has been for about 3 months. Upon perusing the cabinet for some tea, peppermint sounded like a good choice. But then I remembered the mint leaves. (Cue lightbulb!) I have never brewed herbs that didn’t come in a bag clearly marked for tea but I figured this was a no-brainer. Crushed the fragile dry leaves in my hand and put the tea ball in hot water and voila! Delicious mint tea! Throw a little lavender honey and some lavender buds in there as well.
While I realize the mint didn’t cost me a dime, I felt so bad about wasting someone’s hard work. Trying to lessen the waste in my life has turned me into the lady who washes used ziploc bags. But I feel better about myself than ever!
In Prescription for Nutritional Healing (4th ed) under Peppermint it states the following:
“Increases stomach acidity, aiding in digestion. Slightly anesthetizes mucous membranes and the gastrointestinal tract. Useful for chills, colic, diarrhea, headache, heart trouble, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, poor appetite, rheumatism, and spasms.”
That explains why Altoids are the only ‘sour stomach pill’ I use. Forget about pharmaceutical grade garbage that does more harm than good!
Steep it up!