The cooling magic of mint works inside your body and out

I love mint and mint loves me!

Every place I have lived in the past 25 years sports a mint patch. It is invasive and delightful. Mint is cooling and a perfect topping for any grain, pasta dish and dessert to enjoy in the summer. I have some delicious recipes for cooling down with mint, inside and out,  below.

Sunburn Topical Relief

In the summer I add peppermint essential oil to my favourite body cream. Mint is a cold herb. It will take the heat of too much sun out of your skin. If you want to get more cooling effect, keep your cream in the fridge.

If you want to get even more healing value from your cream, add calendula essential oil as well. (25 drops to every 3 ounces of cream)This will take the inflammation out of skin and speed the healing.

I add peppermint essential oil to my favourite face cleanser. My skin is sensitive and prone to redness. The mint is so soothing and refreshing.

Mint and Honey to the Rescue for Scalp & Hair

I add mint essential oil to my shampoo all year round.

It sooths the scalp and feels all tingly. I have curly hair that goes wild and frizzy unless I take steps to moisturize the heck out of it. My scalp also gets irritated when I use any off the shelf shampoos.

Honey Mint Shampoo:

1 part shampoo

1 part conditioner

2 parts honey

25 drops of peppermint essential oil

I found a coconut shampoo/conditioner that I like.

I store this in a pump bottle. It can be used as a body wash in a pinch.

Insect Repellent  

Mint repels mosquitos, and is safe for children. A wonderful combination is peppermint and lavender as a child safe insect repellant. Never use the essential oils full strength on the skin. For infants, avoid the skin and put the essential oils on the clothing. For older babies and baby-like skin you can add 5 drops to 25 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier

Cooling Summer Salads with Mint

Quinoa Tabouli

(1Cup) of the largest, whitest Quinoa you can find (organic Bolivian)

Quinoa has a resin on the outside which will be bitter is you don’t rinse like mad

 Put the one cup of grain in a large measuring cup add cool water. Whisk vigorously and drain carefully

Repeat this rinse several times and cover with clean water to the 4 cup mark

Soak for at least 2 to 8 hours on counter.

If you are not ready to cook it right away you can put grain and water and all in the fridge.

What you are looking for is the quinoa grain to almost triple in size

Before cooking drain carefully and whisk and rinse the Quinoa again several times.

Be sure and skim off the foam that rises to the top.

Transfer to a good rice pot and add (1 cup) of water

Bring to a full boil and stir well.

Put lid on and turn heat to lowest setting

Time for 15 minutes.

When done take pot off heat and let rest for another 5 minutes. 

(You want an el dente grain. Don’t overcook!)

Toss with a fork and cool the grain

 

Quinoa (Keen-Wah) Salad:

Soak ¼ Cup Sunflower seeds and ¼ Cup pumpkin seeds in filtered water for 1 hour (I use a mason jar). Rinse and strain.

Mix basic white wine vinaigrette, in a medium salad bowl,

  • ½ Cup light tasting oil (I like Koroneiki Olive Oil – it tastes like fresh cut grass)
  • ¼ Cup white wine vinegar
  • Herbamere/Sea Salt

In a medium bowl add:

  • 1 Cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 Cup Cucumber diced
  • ½ Cup Green onions chopped
  • 1 Cup Red pepper diced
  • 1 Cup Parsley chopped
  • Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Drizzle with a little dressing and toss.

Add quinoa and toss gently to mix

Add small amounts of dressing at a time. You can add more to taste.

Quinoa has a very delicate flavor and can be overpowered by strong herbs or strong flavoured oils, so keep flavours light

Cover and marinate in fridge for 1 hour or so.

There are no rules! You can add as many vegetables as you like. Just make sure you get the /salt balance to your liking.

* If you are storing in the fridge overnight add a little more dressing just before you serve it.

Basmati Rice with Organic Coconut Oil, Thai Basil and Fresh Mint

In regard to coconut oil; I noticed that one of my supplement suppliers advertised an organic coconut oil.

I got it knowing that everything Progressive Nutrition produces is top quality.

Even at that I was not prepared for the thrill of putting my nose in the jar.

This coconut oil smells like fresh coconuts. I have used coconut oil for years, but this was a first.

A 454 g size of Progressive Nutrition Organic Coconut Oil retails for 21.75.

To protect this treasure at peak quality always store it in the fridge.

This lovely oil can be used topically as a face wash, hair conditioner or for dental oil pulling.

Thai basil is another one of my favourite summer herbs. It has a unique licorice flavour.

How-to prepare the simplest recipe on the planet

The trick with rice is to wash the rice well and drain a couple times. Then, add enough water to just reach to the crease of the first knuckle of your index finger when your finger is touching the surface of the rice. Honest! It works every time regardless of what cooking method you use. I use a rice cooker

I want the best flavour and good quality rice has flavour abounding.

I use Elephant Brand 817 Basmati

As the rice is cooking, chop your fresh mint/Thai basil leaves.

* There is an easy trick for chopping fresh herbs. Our family had a billet that was from Quebec who showed us how to put fresh herbs in a measuring cup and use kitchen scissors to make short work of the job

As soon as the rice is done (don’t let it sit) add add 4 tablespoons of coconut oil to the hot rice and stir it in as it melts

Sprinkle sea salt/Herbamere to taste and Top with chopped fresh mint and Thai Basil

Voila!

I have mint galore, so if you are local and want some, just contact me. I have plenty to share. I can give you a ‘rootling’ if you want to plant some mint at home.

* Beware, mint will try and take over your garden, your yard, and your life, so find a way to curtail its spread. Your can even bury a tera-cotta pot and fill it with soil and plant your mind in it.

* If you want to help your body re-hydrate and re-mineralize, sprinkle dulse flakes (seaweed) on your rice.

Have a lovely summer.

I have a summer challenge for you

Try and replace at least one chemical  personal product or first aid products with a natural alternative.

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Bio PicNelda McEwen has been practicing as a Medical Intuitive in SW Ontario for over 25 years; counselling individuals and families, as well as offering her signature ICH training to other Medical Intuitives in the health field. Nelda’s professional research has been acknowledged and published in the Professional Kinesiology Practitioners Manual. The PKP program is recognized through the International Kinesiology College of Zurich Switzerland.