Summer is all about outdoors, the sand, the beach, the farmer’s markets, the backyard barbecue and travelling! However, the heat, the humidity and being on the road can be stressful too!
The tardy Hibiscus combined with relaxing Lemon Balm and nutritive Oat Straw will bring calm and cool in the hot summer days!
According to PubMed, Hibiscus ” lowers blood pressure in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults” and is high in antioxidants.
Oatstraw is rich in silica and a mild nervine. It is nourishing and moistening. According to Susun Weed, ” a cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. And is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood.”
Lemon Balm is an aromatic with a lemony scent. According to Thomas Easley, Lemon Balm ” helps to ease sadness and depression, calm mania and hysteria, enhance sleep and aide memory and concentration.”
According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), eating Ginger in summer promotes perspiration, thus produces cooling effect for the body. Ginger also aides in digestion.
2 tablespoons of dries Hibiscus
4 tablespoons of dried oat straw
a few sprigs of fresh Lemon Balm
a few slices of fresh ginger
Put all the above ingredients in a quart glass jar, fill the jar with boiling water.
CAUTION: do not close the lid tight right away, the glass may explode and cause serious injury. Cap the glass loosely and infuse for 2-4 hours. Strain. This makes a strong infusion.
Add 2-4 cups of organic frozen mixed berries and as much or as little honey as you like and blend away.
Enjoy the refreshing and nutritious smoothie and freeze the rest in popsicle molds if you’d like.