Ok so why talk about Mint?
Not a recipe post, nor is it weed..lol.. but a little tutorial or information desk here, just for my reference of course. I have been intrigued with mint lately because ever since I first started eating raw I used to gag when I first tried to eat mint. I hated it, but it wasn’t till recently more like this year, I slowly added it into my recipes and drinks. I guess your taste buds and health do change over time.
Health Benefits of Mint
Mint also known as Mentha, is a genus, (genus not genius), which contains a group of 18-25 different types of plants in the mint family.
Common Cold>mint contains menthol, which is common in most decongestants syrups or throat lozenges. The menthol is a natural decongestants which helps breaks down mucus.
Quick Recipe For Common colds->The next time you feel a cold coming on or a soar throat why not brew a cup of mint tea leaves for a fraction of the price!
Allergies->Mint is also known for its medicinal properties. It has an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid. The rosmarinic acid has anti-inflammatory properties which alleviates any seasonal allergy symptoms.
Skin->Mint in oil, lotion, cream format or even brewed is a great cooling and calming agent when applied topically.
Quick SKIN Recipe->Boil mint leaves in water. Let it cool and strain the mixture, use as a face toner. This is great to combat acne and this toner helps keep your skin oil-free and fresh.
Digestive Benefits-> Eating mint leaves helps boosts digestion. Mint promotes the flow of bile in the stomach with ease and efficiency which makes you digest your food more quickly.This prevents from getting an upset stomach or indigestion.
Nausea and Headache->Because mint contains menthol, the strong and refreshing scent of menthol is a quick way to remedy nausea. Mint is a natural soothing property so it can relieve inflammation such as headaches and migraines as well. So if you feel a headache or migraine coming on rub a little mint oil or mint balm on your forehead and nose for a soothing relief.
What do I use Mint for?
-I add it in my smoothies
-I add it in my water daily
-I use it in my dessert recipes, especially in my raw homemade sorbets
-I use it in my main meals as well-You just have to stay tuned and find out!
Apple sauce is not just for babies. Yes I too devour a tablespoon of apple sauce once and awhile. It’s one of my staple sauces in my fridge. As the saying goes,” I put this sh%$#t on everything!”..lol. I add it in my shakes, my porridge, I add it to my raw bread recipe and in my raw yogurt (yes I will post my own raw yogurt and bread recipes soon, you just have stay tuned and visit weekly). But this is not like any other apple sauce, it’s my power drug. I added a few essential ingredients that we take for granted. For instance I added celery for an additional crunchy water texture even though you hardly taste it. As well, I added turmeric for it’s amazing health benefits, one of them being that it promotes radiant skin! And I also added other spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves to get that apple pie savory taste! But enough about the recipe, your probably wondering how celery would taste in this apple sauce. Well you just have to try it!
Quick facts on Celery
Celery is a plant->The seeds and the plant itself are dried or pressed into oil for use as medicine
It’s a stress reliever-> Yes it is, it promotes relaxation! With it’s mineral content like magnesium and the essential oil in it, it helps calm down the nervous system. For better sleep results, eat celery at night!
Reduces inflammation-> If you suffer from any joint pains, gout, acne, asthma, lung infections, or even a headache, eating celery will help relieve it
Raw Apple Sauce
Tools: Food Processor or Magic Bullet, a glass jar
Note: Food processor is way easier to use for this recipe. If you’re using a magic bullet you would have to stop several times to get the right consistency
1-2 celery sticks
juice from a lemon
3 medjool dates ( the real kind with no glucose glaze..lol)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
a dash of salt
a dash of cloves
a dash to 1/8 tsp of turmeric (optional)
1/8 cup water (optional)
(1) Add all the ingredients in the food processor and process. It’s optional to add water to facilitate. Stop occasionally to scrape the sides.
If your using a magic bullet, then add the ingredients a bit a time. Add the celery, apple and lemon, then process. You may need to add 1/8 cup of water to facilitate. Stop to scrape the sides. Add the remaining of the ingredients and process. I made mine a little tart so you can add a little more or less of the spices.
(2) Pour the sauce into a glass jar and voila! Store in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.