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The Sundry Sun Issue #5 - Cooling Herbs for Hot Summer Days

     The summer heat is upon us, and finding ways to stay cool and refreshed becomes a top priority. That's why this issue, we're excited to share our favorite cooling herbs that can help beat the heat and keep you feeling revitalized during those hot summer days.

Discover the Magic of Peppermint:
     When it comes to cooling herbs, it's hard to beat the refreshing power of peppermint. Along with the cooling properties of this aromatic herb it has the ability to soothe the body and mind. Two ways (out of MANY) to use peppermint this summer is in tea and foot soaks.

Unwind with Soothing Spearmint:
     Looking for a milder yet equally refreshing option? Look no further than spearmint! Spearmint can ease heat-related discomfort. Enjoy spearmint-infused drinks, chilled herbal popsicles, and even soothing herbal bath blends.

Lemon Balm: Nature's Lemonade for the Soul:
     If you're searching for a cooling herb that also uplifts the spirits, lemon balm is your go-to choice. Discover the zesty and calming effects of lemon balm and its ability to bring a burst of sunshine to your day. Lemon balm-infused lemonades and herbal ice cube are among many ways to enjoy lemon balm.

Hibiscus: The Refreshing Tropical Cooler:
     Escape to the tropics with the vibrant and tangy hibiscus flower. Explore the cooling benefits of hibiscus tea, known for its ability to help regulate body temperature and promote hydration. We'll share recipes for hibiscus iced tea blends, fruity herbal sorbets, and cooling facial mists.

     Embrace the power of these cooling herbs and enjoy the summer season to the fullest. Remember to stay hydrated, seek shade during peak hours, and incorporate these herbal remedies into your routine for a truly refreshing summer experience.

Hibiscus Lemon-Aid

- 2 tsp. Hibiscus
- 1 tsp. Lemon Balm
- 1 tsp. Nettles
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 cup Boiled Water

1. Add your herbs to a tea infuser or just into your cup.
2. Pour the boiled water over the herbs.
3. Steep for 10-15 minutes.
4. Strain or pull out the infuser.
5. Add honey and stir.
6. Refrigerate or add ice to cool before drinking. Drinking hot is
pleasant, too!

This is a basic recipe. Experiment! See if you like a fruitier flavor (adding hibiscus) or a more tart experience (add lemon balm or less hibiscus). Sweeter? Add more honey!
Use the sweetener of your choice! A great natural alternative is licorice root! Boil the licorice root first (start w/ 1 tsp at a time as it can quickly overpower the other herbs) for 15-20 minutes before adding to the rest of the herbs.
- No sweetener is also still really delicious!
- To scale
this recipe for bigger quantities think in parts. 2 parts hibiscus, 1 part lemon balm, 1 part nettles & 1 part sweetener.
- Freezing
in popsicle molds is also a fun way to enjoy this refreshing and nourishing recipe. Our kids love them!

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