Making Space for Love to Grow & Strawberry RefreshMint
Dear Summer Beauty,
A few years ago, I planted mint in my backyard in a sweet little garden space my husband prepared right outside my back porch. Each morning, as I sat outside, I could smell the fresh aroma dance into my day, and I felt refreshed. I have used mint in several recipes, but I have especially loved the simplicity of adding it to water.
Water alone is not only necessary for life, but offers great benefits that you can easily observe and feel. Drinking water is cleansing and it does so on many levels. It is a wonderful and natural detox for the body and also boosts your energy level as well as affects your mood. Add some mint, and you have given your water another boost.
Mint cleanses the palate and increases your body’s ability to digest, which is why it is great to have before a meal. It can also soothe your stomach, which is why you can add it to your bedtime tea. This past week, I clipped some fresh mint from my garden and prepared a pitcher of water to which I added some juicy red strawberry slices. Strawberries also have a mighty offering.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. They also contain iodine and folate in addition to copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6 and surprisingly, omega-3 fatty acids.
The green of the mint and the red of the strawberries swirled delightfully together, and my morning water had a new twist. Infused water is another way to enjoy my daily hydration while getting the added benefits. I don’t do it every day but, when I do, it feels like a treat and, on these late summer days when it is still getting pretty warm, it feels good to refresh my body and spirit with a touch of beauty in some life-giving infused water.
- 1 2-quart pitcher of filtered
- 3 stalks of mint, depending on size (I don’t think you can have too much), washed
- 10 large strawberries washed and cut either in halves or sliced
Fill the pitcher and then gently add the mint and strawberries. I like to refrigerate it overnight so that the vitamins, minerals, and other properties have a chance to release into water. Plus, I like my water really cold. If you want to drink some right away and then refrigerate the rest, that works, too. enJOY!
~Make It MAGICAL~
I discovered that mint, once planted, has staying power, and I love how my husband’s gesture of creating a loving space for my mint grew into something I am still enjoying a few years later. Each time I go to clip some of the mint, I am reminded of the time and energy he generously offered on that warm summer day. I’m sure it is infused in what I feel when I enjoy my mint creations.
with summer love and daily refreshMint,