Faces of Love (211)

Faces of Love (211)

10 Ways to use Mint

I do not know about you, but I like the aroma and taste of fresh mint. It is the reason I do not grow mint in a pot. I have a special place in the garden where I grow it even if it is known that mint spreads everywhere if allowed to. I do not let it happen and I use it as much as possible! 🙂

Mint is a leafy plant with gentle stems. It has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Perhaps, it is the most popularly known as a remedy for digestive problems. It is also used for flavouring food. However, why to grow and how to use mint?

Benefits of Mint :

  • is rich in nutrients
  • is anti-inflammatory
  • helps with weight loss
  • calms dry or itchy skin
  • helps oral hygiene
  • relieves menstrual cramps and pain
  • prevents allergies
  • helps common colds and respiratory tract infections
  • improves Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • beats stress and depression because it increases serotonin levels in the brain

You can use mint for whatever reason above or to enjoy its aroma. Here are 10 ways I use mint for:

1. Mint Tea

As I said mint tea is probably the most known for digestive problems. I love it with lemon or ginger. Here it is my recipe:

  • hot water
  • 2-3 fresh leaves
  • honey

Boil water. Slice ginger root or squeeze the lemon and add mint leaves. Pour hot water over them. Let it cool a few minutes before adding honey. Never pour hot water over honey!!!!! Also, from what I know, you should not have more than 2-3 cups of mint tea daily because of its side effects.

2. Mint Vinegar

Herbal vinegars make good marinades and also can be great gifts.

The easiest recipe of mint vinegar is to pour vinegar over chopped fresh mint leaves and steep 2-3 weeks. Strain before use and add 2-3 fresh mint leaves for decorative purposes.

How to do it? Push as many mint leaves into a clean jar. Heat the vinegar in a saucepan. Pour the hot vinegar into the jar and cap the jar for the period of steeping. After 3 weeks, strain and use the mint vinegar.

3. Mint Chocolate Ice-Cream

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Mint chocolate ice-cream is the ice-cream I love and have found the recipe I like here: https://simpleveganblog.com/. I do not add peppermint essential oil, for I prefer adding more fresh mint leaves for aroma if it is needed.

Ingredients:

  • 150-200 g raw unsalted cashew soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight
  • 25 g fresh mint
  • 125 ml of water
  • 200 ml of coconut milk
  • 5-10 dates
  • 100 g chopped dark chocolate

Blend all the ingredients (except chocolate) and chill the mixture overnight. Serve it with chopped dark chocolate on top. I use a lot! 🙂

4. Mint Toothpaste

Another way to use mint is preparing my homemade toothpaste. It is a way of using homemade products and avoiding fluorine toxicity. For the toothpaste I use:

  • water
  • sodium bicarbonate
  • sea salt
  • chopped mint leaves

I mix all of them and keep the mixture in a jar.

5. Mint Water

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There are hot summer days when may enjoy the mint cooling effect. You can make the perfect drink with three ingredients:

  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • water
  • honey. Instead of honey, you can use sugar or Stevia extract, whatever you like.

6. Mint flavour for food

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As I said, mint can be used for flavouring food. I use either fresh or dry mint leaves when cooking and fresh leaves when storing home-canned goods. Eg.: I add 2 fresh leaves in the jars with sliced tomatoes for pizza or in cherries jam. In this way, I also enjoy mint aroma in the cold winter days.

7. Mint Sauce

Usually, mint sauce is used on a roast lamb. I do not eat meat, so I use it whenever I feel that is great to have it with my meal. The simplest recipe is:

  • a bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Apple Vinegar
  • honey or brown sugar

Wash and chop finely the mint leaves. Place the mint in a bowl and add vinegar. Stir well for a thick consistency. Add honey or sugar until it is as sweet or sharp to your liking and stir again.

8. Homemade Mint Jam

I have read and tried several recipes before deciding the way I am making the mint jam. I use:

  • 250 g of mint
  • 1 kg of sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 litre of water

Wash and chop the mint leaves and slice the washed lemons. All are added to a saucepan and cooked for 10 minutes. Then I leave the mixture for a day. The next day I drain the mixture, add the sugar and simmer until ready. The hot jam is poured into jars and preserved immediately. It is fantastic with pancakes or whatever you like to use with.

9. Mint Sugar

It can be used to sprinkle on cookies or to sweeten your tea. You will need:

  • 100g sugar
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves

Blend them together and use the mixture right away or let it dry overnight and store it in a jar.

10. Homemade Mint Mouthwash

Probably you know that a common mouthwash may contain a lot of ingredients we do not need. Moreover, health experts warn us that mouthwashes containing alcohol can cause cancer. So, we should make our own mouthwash.

I use :

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Boil the water, add the mint leaves, cloves and cinnamon. Let the spices infuse for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture and store it in a sealed jar. Keep refrigerated and use it within 1-2 weeks.

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I shared with you 10 faces of love mint offers me. Also, I found more interesting information about mint here: https://www.plantshospital.com/.

Enjoy the aroma and taste of mint in whatever way you like it (if)!

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5 Common Things you know

Living Happy –

5 Common Things you know

It is the title of my free e-book for all of you who want to read it.

Excerpt:

What is happiness? Where can you find it? Are there any recipes?

Each of us is the owner of the happiness recipe. Everyone has his recipe because that is within. The most important thing is to find both our ingredients, and their right proportions for the mixture which is our life. 

Download the PDF format here

Trăind Fericit –

5 Lucruri pe care le știi

Este titlul cărții în format electronic și gratis pentru toți cei doritori să o citească.

Fragment:

Fiecare are propria rețetă a fericirii, pentru că ea este în interiorul tău. Cel mai important este ca să îți găsești atât ingredientele dorite cat și proporția exactă pentru tine, în amestecul care îți este viața.

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10 Movies filmed in Transylvania

10 Movies filmed in Transylvania

Watching movies, probably you do not know they are shot in Romania. Actually, it seems that the picturesque landscapes of Romania make it more and more popular with movie producers. Here is a list of ten movies filmed in Transylvania:

1. Beowulf  (1999)

It is an American fantasy-action movie based on the Old English poem Beowulf. It is filmed in Rupea Fortress, one of the oldest settlements and best-conserved medieval sites in Romania.

2. Cold Mountain (2003)

It is an epic war film. Cold Mountain is a real mountain located within  Pisgah National ForestHaywood County, North Carolina. However, the rural scenes were filmed almost entirely in Transylvania, in the village of Reci and in the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

3. Youth without Youth (2007)

It is a fantasy drama based on the book by Romanian Mircea Eliade. The film is exploring the experiences of a man who can continue his career without aging after a freak accident.

It is shot in various locations in Romania, including Sinaia, Brașov, Piatra Neamț, Constanța, Bucharest.

4. The Brothers Bloom (2008)

It is a comedy-drama film about the last great adventure of the world’s best con men. They are plotting one last shot and the victim is Penelope an eccentric millionaire. Her castle is Peleș Castle.

Among the locations of the movie, there is The Constanța Casino and the port of Constanța.

5. Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

It is an American superhero movie and features Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider.

Some scenes were shot in Romania. Among the places, there are Corvin Castle, Bucharest, Targu-Jiu and Transfăgărășan.

The Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle, is the largest and one of the most beautiful castles in Transylvania, and one of the largest castles in Europe.

6. A Princess for Christmas (2011)

The comedy-drama film captures the Peleș Castle, in Sinaia, for the Castlebury Castle. It is hailed as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe and a must-see attraction when visiting Romania.

The story is about a woman who is doing her best as new guardian to her niece and nephew. She loses her job and on the same day an unexpected invitation arrives. A travel to Europe to spend a royal Christmas with the children’s grandfather – the Duke of Castlebury Hall (Roger Moore).

Laughter begins to echo in the quiet halls filling everyone with hope and joy for the season.

7. Hatfield and McCoys (2012)

It is a three-part Western television miniseries and almost entirely shot in Transylvania, near Brașov. The Carpathians served as a stand-in for the Appalachian Mountains.

8. A Farewell to Fools (2013)

It is a movie based on a Romanian novel written by Titus Popovici, directed by Bogdan Dreyer and starring Gerard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel. The movie is filmed in The Medieval citadel of Sighișoara, in the village of Saschiz one of the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, and in Bucharest

The action happens during WWII when a boy and his fool friend discover a dead soldier in a field. Much of the film is about the town leaders spending the night trying to become “nobodies” when challenged with having to take the blame for the crime. 

9. A Christmas Prince (2017)

It is an American Christmas romantic trilogy. It was filmed at Peleș Castle, Other filming locations in Romania included Bragadiru Palace, the Cotroceni National Museum, and the Carol Davila Medicine and Pharmacy University, all being located in the Romanian capital.

10. Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire (2017)

A dragon named Drago tries to end a rivalry between a brother and a sister. They both have dragon-like powers. Moreover, they are both after the throne of their grandfather, while a new threat steals Drago’s source of power.

It is an American-Romanian action, adventure, and fantasy film. It was filmed at Corvin Castle.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award (6)

Thank you:

A big thank you and my gratitude to Kitti’s Thoughts and Quotes for this nomination.

Please visit her beautiful blog  https://kittiquotes.home.blog/ to find inspiration. She likes sharing her favourite quotes, inner thoughts and ideas from her own journey about learning what love is.

I nominate All bloggers & readers because, in my opinion, everybody deserves awards! There are neither better nor less good people. Everyone is the best in what he likes doing.

I am grateful to all of you for being part of such a beautiful community spreading light and inspiration in an environment of kindness, beauty and creativity!

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