February 2019: Herbal Self Care
Taking Wellness Back into your Own Hands
This month in Farm-to-School, students learned about the joys of Mint. We met two different varieties, that were both grown on the Common Roots Farm- Peppermint and Spearmint. We learned of the calming cooling effects of these plants by practicing mindfulness with them and exploring our senses. We smelled the sweetness of the flowers, as a bumble bee would, we felt the warmth emanating from the cup in our hands, we felt the steam on our faces, and then we got to drink this soothing tea, feeling it’s nourishment travel through our bodies and warm our bellies.
Enjoy this tea hot in the Winter, sweetened with just a touch of Maple Syrup, or try it cold as a refreshing treat in the summertime!
Mint Tea Recipe
- 2 T Dried, or 20 leaves fresh, of Peppermint and Spearmint Leaves
- 2 cups of Water
- 1 T of Honey or Maple Syrup (Optional)
You can find fresh mint in the grocery store, or can head down to Railyard Apothecary in Burlington for your choice of dried mint and a plethora of other herbal teas.
- Bring water to a boil, take off heat.
- Infuse Mint Leaves into water for 3-5 minutes.
- Strain and sweeten if desired.