When I was raising my kids, I always encouraged them to try new things. I told them, "it could be your new favorite thing!" One of my favorite things is making a nice cup of tea for myself. I love the ritual of making it, and I love the way it feels to hold a warm mug in my hands. I love lattes too, but too much coffee/dairy upsets my stomach, so for years I've been primarily a green tea drinker, occasionally adding chamomile or peppermint to my tea repertoire. I'm also trying to get better about drinking more water on a daily basis, and herbal tea counts. Since I do love that warm mug in my hands, and I need to drink more water, after my morning tea, I often make myself a cup of hot water with about a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Now I've discovered something new, and guess what? It's my new favorite thing!
Today on a whim, I added in a fresh sprig of rosemary to my hot lemon water and it was awesome! I googled "rosemary" and learned that it's is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender. It is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6. The herb has medicinal properties, and has been used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth. It has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. You can read more about the health benefits of rosemary here.
I think I'm going to start experimenting with different herbs and citrus more often. I've also been doing this with cold sparkling water when I don't feel like having alcohol but I do want something more special than just a glass of water (and I don't drink sodas because those are so bad for you).
I invite you try to a nice comforting mug of hot water with lemon and rosemary. It could be your new favorite thing!