The weather is warming up which means it is time to stay hydrated! If plain ol’ water is too boring for you, give this recipe a try! Not only is it delicious, it is packed with nutrients to help you look and feel your best. Best of all? You can use fresh or frozen blueberries. Enjoy!
Hi friends! Today I am giving away five containers of the wonderful moringa powder from ORGANIC INDIA USA. This powder is the perfect addition to your daily smoothies! To enter, head on over to my Facebook page and look for the giveaway post. I will randomly be selecting five winners and announcing them later this afternoon. Good luck!
Did you know that there are about 600 different plants that can be referred to as “mint”, including curly mint, peppermint, spearmint, forest mint, and slender mint? Today we are specifically going to talk about the healing power of peppermint, the “sweet” tasting variety of mint. Peppermint is one of the most easily recognized and most enjoyed flavors in the world. It can be used in a variety of dishes and pairs nicely with other spices including thyme, sage, lemongrass, and basil. Not only does peppermint taste amazing but it’s well known to have incredible healing properties. For example, peppermint has been shown to help ease the symptoms associated with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Peppermint has also been shown to help fight an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and can aid in relieving indigestion. If you suffer from allergies, you should know that studies have shown mint extract to stop the release of histamine, the chemical that gives us itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. Peppermint has also been shown to help with coughs, stress, tooth decay, and symptoms associated with menopause. I recently tried the dried peppermint leaves from MySpiceSage and I love adding them to fruit and yogurt dishes. When it comes to drinking mint tea, you have to try Stash Tea’s Guayusa Tea with Mint. This tasty tea contains both peppermint and spearmint in addition to energizing guayusa. Yum!
– Korean researchers found that people who inhaled peppermint and other essential oils had less stress and anxiety.
– The English were the first to start incorporating mint into their dishes, including their traditional lamb with mint jelly.
– Growing peppermint? You should know that this plant requires a lot of water and it rarely produces seed.
References: Healing Spices by Bharat B. Aggarwal. Sterling Publishing Co, 2011. New York, NY.