In these times of unusually high temperature, it is really important to stay cool and hydrated as we all know! But in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) this can be further aided by considering what foods we eat. Different foods have different energetic properties which can affect our systems, so to help you stay cool and well, I have been doing some research and found a lovely recipe for a delicious cooling drink you can keep in the fridge.
So heres a recipe for a lovely cooling drink you can easily make and keep in the fridge ready.
1 big bunch of Mint Leaves
4 bags Green Tea
4 tablespoons of Honey
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
6 cups Water
- 1. Bring the water to boil in a large saucepan, then remove from heat and add mint and tea bags
- 2. Cover pot and allow to infuse for 15 minutes
- 3. Pour the liquid into a large jug or jar adding the honey and lemon juice and stir-
4. Once cooled to room temperature, you can refrigerate. Feel free to drink neat or dilute with a little still or fizzy water.
Not only will this hydrate the body, it will further cool it down:
- The cooling properties of mint and green tea will dispel heat from the body.
- The astringent properties of lemon will soothe the liver and reduce the amount of body fluids- -Honey nourishes and moisturises the body,
-and Green Tea is full of anti oxidants and has lots of special properties to support your system!
Top tip -Did you know that in TCM its advised not to shock your hot body with too many iced drinks?
If you tend to get overheated avoid: Fatty, greasy and sugary foods and drinks
Other 'Cooling' foods its advised to eat during the hot days are:
Author: Hannah Currant
Hannah is a Shiatsu and EFT Practitioner based in Bristol.
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