Just received email from a young woman complaining of extraordinarily dry skin who mentioned in an aside that she's "not a water drinker." I hear that a lot, often from people discussing dry or itchy skin conditions. Since dry skin needs treating from the inside out...how to encourage people to drink more water?
My daughter puts a splash of any of our lemony hydrosols in a bottle (or glass) of cold water. I think her favorite is Lemongrass, but Melissa or Lemon Verbena would work well. I tend to add a splash of Peppermint or Spearmint Hydrosol. The freshness of mint quenches thirst like nothing else I know.
I came across this recipe a few days ago on my favorite recipe site: Allrecipes.com. It is NOT a "fruit tea" or an "Iced Tea"... it is a delightfully refreshing flavored water, combining the flavors of Bergamot, Orange, and a hint of Rose.
Citrus Cooler: Original Recipe Yields 1/2 gallon
1 Earl Grey tea
1 medium orange, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons white
1 teaspoon rose water (Rose Hydrosol)
Prepare a strong cup of tea with the Earl Grey, letting the bag steep for 3 to 5
minutes. (If you let it steep over 5 minutes it can develop a bitter taste, I try to keep it to 3 to 4 minutes.)
orange slices, sugar, rose water, and tea into a 1/2 gallon pitcher. Fill with
cold water, and stir to dissolve the sugar.
One reader commented that she had a Blood Orange and used that - gave a wonderful rosy color to the drink.
Plus...what I had for Breakfast -
I had some Croissants that needed eating up. And, for Memorial Day I had blended up some Cheese Butter, a recipe I brought home from the hotel dining room at the last AIA conference. It was on the dinner table ever night we ate dinner in the hotel restaurant. It was addictive. I could have been perfectly happy with bread, this butter, and dessert. So, homemade strawberry jam and cheese butter, on croissants, with Hazelnut coffee. Yes indeedy!
let warm to room temperature:
4 ounces (one stick) real butter
4 ounces Cream Cheese
4 ounces Goat Cheese.
Beat together until light and fluffy. Spread on bread, gourmet crackers, bagels, I'm thinking it might do wonderful things to a baked potato.
My Daughter-in-Law took the recipe home, which means it's worth sharing. (And, yes, it relates to aromatherapy since I first tasted it at the AIA convention.)