Mint is a herb used for such a wide variety of ailments, from headaches with aromatherapy to a tummy soother in a tea.
One of the benefits of mint that I enjoy is in tea, the soothing affects on the sinuses; what this means is mint is good for asthma patients! As my youngest son has asthma, mint is something I like to give him during the times of year when we are inside more with the dust and outdoors during the spring when the pollens are rampant. A few drops of essential oil on the pillow to breath in while you sleep is a wonderful way to help the sinuses as well as a natural way to help with depression.
The recipe i will be cooking this weekend (compliments to Hhuffington Post and allrecipes.com)
- 1/2 pound(s) dried rice noodles, about 1/4 inch wide
- 3/4 cup(s) fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
- 1/4 cup(s) plus 1 tablespoon asian fish sauce
- 1/2 pound(s) cabbage, finely shredded 4 cups
- 3 large scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pound(s) cooked chicken, cut into long strips
- 1/2 cup(s) chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup(s) chopped mint
- Sriracha, for serving
- 1. In a bowl, cover the noodles with cold water and let stand until pliable, 25 minutes. Drain. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook, stirring, until al dente, 1 minute. Drain the noodles in a colander and return them to the pan. Fill the saucepan with cold water and swish the noodles around. Drain and swish the noodles 2 more times. Drain the noodles in the colander, lifting and tossing, until dry.
- 2. In a small bowl, stir the grapefruit juice with the garlic, sugar and fish sauce until the sugar is dissolved.
- 3. In a large bowl, toss the rice noodles with the shredded cabbage and scallions. Add the dressing and toss well. Add the chicken, cilantro and mint and toss. Serve right away, passing Sriracha sauce at the table.