We finally made it! It’s summer! And with this beautiful summer sun, comes the heat.
Am I complaining? Absolutely not.
Would I like to cool down? Yes please!
In my attempts to cool off, I usually turn to my good friend, Mint. Mint is a wonderful herb that helps the body cool down based on nerve detectors in our bodies.
Anwesha Ghosh, PhD student in Biology, University of Rochester writes on The Conversation:
As the mouth cools, TRPM8 changes shape and allows calcium ions to flow, triggering the receptors in the brain that makes your body feel the sensation of being cool.
With this rockstar herb, my cooling off efforts have prevailed even in the depths of the heat and humidity.
What kicks it up a notch? Seltzer water and lime. A virgin (or non-virgin if you’d like), mojito-like drink that’s perfect for cooling down on a sunny summer day.
Fresh mint or mint essential oil
Half a lime
Your favorite seltzer water, flavored or plain
Crush up the mint leaves in your hands by rolling them or use a muddler.
Squeeze half a lime or less in the glass.
Add some ice.
Pour over your favorite seltzer and enjoy!
Do you have a favorite summer drink? Comment below!