Thursday, August 4, 2016

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)“

2016-07-26 Peppermint-2

2016-07-26 Peppermint

Did you ever wonder what peppermint flowers might look like? I did so I let my peppermint flower just to see. Pretty, yes?

Yesterday I harvested a jar of peppermint leaves, poured boiling water over them, and set them on the windowsill to steep overnight. This morning I’m using the infused water as an ingredient in cough syrup.

I swear some mornings I’m starting to feel a hint of fall in the air. No, I must be wrong. Please, let me be wrong.

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I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. I love this Linda, I have peppermint too. Haven’t done anything with the plant yet, but i love the looks of it. I have been looking at doing something with it, but hadn’t decided. And yes, I was thinking the very same thing yesterday. The air had that bit of a chill in it. Fall is my favorite time of year, but I can honestly say I’m not ready for it yet.

    Barb’s blog is fabulous. It’s always a treat.

  2. I love how this takes on a vintage look. And I’ve felt that twinge of fall in the air a time or two of late also — but the last few days of have been so muggy and humid — I’d welcome more hints of fall. Fall is my favorite season!

    1. Fall has its merits to be sure!

  3. This morning is the first cool one we’ve had in weeks. It’s such a treat to be outside. Your pictures are just lovely, Linda. I know I always say that, but every day you surprise me with something new and different.

    1. Thanks so much, Karen! I love the idea that my photos provide a daily surprise!

  4. Autumn is my favorite time of year! But it does signal a long winter ahead for me in northern Wisconsin, and no doubt you in Canada as well. The peppermint flowers ARE pretty.

    1. Yes, I don’t look forward to winter. I found that last winter I actually enjoyed the down time though. It was a nice respite and an opportunity to spend time on pursuits I had little time for in the summer!

  5. Does it affect the potency if you let it flower? They are very pretty!

    1. Pinching the flowers encourages new growth and makes for a stronger plant, Karen. I pinch the flowers off of all my herbs.

  6. Mine are also blooming now. I put leaves and flowers in my blast: big handful of spinach, ten or so peppermint leaves and flowers, heaping teaspoon of matcha green tea, soy milk. Sometimes I add a handful of blueberries as well. If preferred, one can use juice instead of soy milk.

    1. That sounds like a great recipe, Juliana. I might have to try that for a morning drink.

  7. Hi Linda! Your peppermint flower is gorgeous! I use mint leave to make tea … so delish! Thank you for linking to my blog today – it was a real mood booster and I appreciate it so much! PS … I love your blog 🙂

    1. You’re very welcome, Barb! I love your blog!

  8. Lovely photos! My two favorite things–great writing and beautiful images…
    I am definitely not ready for fall yet. I feel as though I am just getting started with summer!

    1. I feel the same, Barbara! We’ve not had our usual sweltering summer here and I miss it!

  9. I don’t think I knew that peppermint had flowers! And these are lovely. What wonderful gardens you have.

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