Feel Awake and Alert, yet Calm with this Herb
Have you been bringing JOY into your life with more intentional meals? I’ve been enjoying my morning bowl of berries. Raspberries seem to really be my favorite berry these days. They put a smile on my face and fill me with joy.
Let’s continue our journey of including more foods of joy in our lives, inspired by St. Hildegard.

Long ago in the mid 12th century, she recognized that there were certain foods that could bring us health through their ability to offer nourishment and healing which would bring us increased joy and revitalization. That wisdom was a seed planted that continues to flourish even in our current time.

Mint was one of the herbs that St. Hildegard recognized could promote health and healing. We use the name “mint” for a variety of plants that belong to the genus Mentha, including peppermint and spearmint. It can be used fresh or dried.

​Long ago, St. Hildegard recommended using dried mint in cooking to aid with digestion.
In fact, in our current times, mint is known to bring us health and healing in many ways. It supports the digestive system by stimulating digestive enzymes. Mint oil also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help to relieve indigestion and other stomach issues.
Additionally, it has been shown that mint oil can be helpful in relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Mint leaves also work as a relaxant, and they help to relieve chest congestion in people who have asthma. They’re also known to clear a stuffy nose and make breathing easier.
You probably have used toothpaste with a mint flavor, right? Mint freshens your breath and even can reduces bacterial growth in the mouth.
Many studies also recognize that mint may help to increase mental alertness and cognitive functions including memory.
And guess what? The aroma of mint can reduce stress, bring calm, and rejuvenate the mind. How wonderful!
So, let’s get going and add some delicious mint to our meals. I’m sure the aroma and taste will bring us more joy!

​One of the easiest and best mint recipes is simply mint tea.

Mint Tea

Of course, you can buy mint herbal tea at most grocery stores, but you can also make your own. It’s refreshing, tasty, and only takes a few minutes to make. Just check the fresh herb section in the produce aisle at your local supermarket, and I’m sure you’ll probably find some fresh mint.

  1. Take a handful of fresh mint and steep it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Strain and drink it warm or iced.
  3. A little honey can be added for a sweet treat.

Another easy way to add mint into your diet is to make this yummy mint yogurt sauce. It can be drizzled over salads, fish, and fresh or roasted veggies.

Mint Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 c. plain yogurt (Greek is best, but any kind could be used)
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • 1 ½ T. olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2-3 T. fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Add chopped mint leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Stir.
  3. Serve immediately or chill to use later.

I hope you enjoy at least one of these delicious mint recipes this week and you feel invigorated and yet relaxed!

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