Get minty this summer

Hydration. Detoxification. Mintation. These are key benefits of a simple drink that I am going to teach you today. Get prepared to be hydro-deto-min-tated. The potion recipe is simple and will fit the wallet of every household income. To put it bluntly It’s an opportunity that you can’t afford to miss out on.

 

I recalled the original recipe by accident. It was hot…I was thirsty…and visiting a popular shopping destination known as Marks & Spencer.  There I saw a drink being sold which reminded me of my own potions that I used to make during long hot sunny summers. Filled with this inspiration I have decided to write this post and help you my dear reader to stay cool as we are going to face the hottest day of this summer. Armed with this knowledge you and your friends will keep their head cool and their bodies fresh, I promise.

Let’s get down to alchemy. We are going to make infused water with fruits, vegetables and herbs. The most basic recipe contains:

  • Water basic ingredient known to humanity for ages, essential for your survival.
  • Your choice of favorite fruit. I chose orange by default to battle summer with summer, the best are the ecological ones riping under the sun of Sicily. (If you are from Sicily, or Orange Country;) then please let me know if this is true, because I usually buy my own oranges in a regular store and they taste great, but who knows maybe they can taste even better.)
  • Herbs (mint, sage or rosemary).

Preparation:

Once you have chosen your favorite fruit or vegetable and herb, put it in the water and wait until the flavors mix together.
If you have no idea what to throw in the water, just follow my recipe.
Sometimes a multitude of possibilities can overwhelm you, so trust me and choose a combination of sweet and juicy orange with a refreshing mint. It’s an excellent choice for hot weather.

Key points to note:

  • Wash the orange well with warm water and a sponge, because you do not want any bacteria to get into your water from the skin. Of course, you can just squeeze the orange juice and forget about the proper washing of the fruit.
    For me, however, beautiful juicy slices of orange and a glass jug is the basis of this recipe and simply I cannot deny myself such a tasty view.
  • The mint is also good to wash (just to be on a safe side) and according to your taste you can use whole mint sprigs or just leaves.
  • Prepared mint and orange pour over water and patiently wait for the infusion process in your fridge to finish. Usually it takes an hour, it depends how fresh the mint is and how juicy was the orange.
    If you do not have the time, just chop the mint, squeeze the orange juice, add water and drink immediately.

I usually make this drink in the evening, to have it ready for the next day morning. Best thing, just put it in a fridge overnight, add a few ice cubes and wake up to it in the hot summer morning.  Mint will do an amazing job to cleanse your body and wake your senses, the effect should stack up with the coffee and keep you refreshed throughout the day. Just make sure you don’t work in a toxic environment as no amount of mint will save you from the office politics  🙂

 

 

 

 

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Birch juice

 

Long time ago, when our Sun was God, people also worshipped the common birch. The white tree was celebrated as a symbol of life, wisdom, and fertility.

Nowadays, thanks to advanced laboratory methods, we know that the magical properties of birch undeniably exist and we were right about its healing power.
Village healers and shamans never needed such evidence. Their knowledge of plants, potions, and ointments was based on experience of many generations.
The properties of birch tree can help with numerous diseases, heal the damages of the internal organs, deal with general weakness and tiredness of the body as well as grievous, difficult to heal wounds and eczema. Birch was used as a remedy for ailments of the soul such as anxiety or melancholy. During the Second World War, the Russian orphans had a chance to experience the life-giving powers of the tree; they were given the rich in nutritious glucose and fructose juice as a substitute for mother’s milk. The main property of birch juice is a general boost of body’s immunity by stimulation of its immune system. Juice, in addition to the groundwater collected by roots, also contains valuable nutrients such as simple sugars, high energy compounds, organic acids, alcohols, mineral salts, vitamins, and probiotics. Thanks to the content of all these ingredients the juice purifies the blood, immunizes, improves metabolism, it has beneficial effects on the kidneys and liver as well as the complexion and hair.

The easiest way to get juice at any time of the year is to buy it in the store. If we want to get the juice by ourselves, we can do it only in the early spring. For this purpose, you can cut the birch twig and drill a hole in the tree. Then insert the tube to the hole and put its end to a bottle hanged below.
One litre of juice can be taken from one tree, and the hole made in it must be then secured with a wooden bung and a garden ointment.
The fresh juice needs to be consumed pretty quickly, usually fermentation starts within 2 or 3 days. This can be prevented by preserving the juice with sugar, pasteurizing, mixing with alcohol, or freezing. However, birch leaves are easy to store, and can be simply collected and consumed in the form of teas. The leaves show a diuretic and saluretic effect and can help in diseases with metabolic disorders, young acne or rheumatism. Externally, they are used for hair loss and psoriasis. Often picked in spring and summer, birch whisks have long been used in Russian banya and Finnish saunas.

Nowadays, it is known that methyl salicylate, which protects against colds and skin diseases, is released during the burning process of birch twigs. Knowing this fact, can you, Dear reader, make a connection between a birch twigs and our all too familiar subconscious image of a witch flying on a broom? Perhaps now, with a proof provided by modern science, it is clear that the hidden messages in old children stories hide in plain sight the secret, magical ingredient of health and beauty power, used by witches and alchemists all over the world to pro-long their life and beauty. After all what makes a witch’s broom fly?

 

 

 

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Dates milk shake

 

You only need :
0.5 liters of almond milk
approximately 30 dates

Recipe :

Dates put into the water the day before; pour out the water, discard the seeds and mix together milk and dates
Bon Appetit 🙂

 

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