This summer has been hot. Like, REALLY hot. Fortunately, there is a wonderful Chinese herb that can help cool you down, and it may just be spreading through your garden as we speak. That cool & common Chinese herb is mint (aka Bo He in Chinese). During these toasty summer months I love adding a few mint leaves to my water to help cool me down.
Sipping on Bo He tea is excellent way to cool the head, brighten the eyes, benefit the throat and vent rashes. It is often used for sore throat, cough, headache, red eyes, and during the early stage of a rash. Bo He can also help "cool down" the emotions by regulating the flow of qi in the body thus alleviating irritability or emotional instability. So, if you’re feeling like a cranky "hot head" then sit down, take a deep breath, and sip on some mint tea!
(Avoid mint tea if you are a nursing mother with insufficient lactation as it can inhibit lactation).
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Acupuncturist & Herbalist