Poppins – who? Before Mary came into the scene, traditionalists have long used sweet sugar to ease ‘troubles.’ Also requiring no sing-along, my Persian mom – like others before her – already knew the soluble response to minor stomach ailments. Hunger pangs or over-indulgence, the known ‘treatment’ remains unchanged and in following ‘the method’ – the old-fashioned way.
Thanks to the former housewives of Persianville, trusted homemade solutions are safely locked into memory and made using a touch of age-old necessity – ‘healing’ waters. Diverse in application as in scent, find these ‘waters’ in tall translucent bottles – possibly – along the “international aisle,” and definitely available on the shelf of local Persian grocers. To name a few, popular varieties of floral-infused waters – also stored in my fridge – include: rosewater, orange blossom water and mint water. While the number of distilled ‘waters’ are endless, aromatics via fruits, herbs and flowers are commonly used to create these wonderfully fragrant liquid elixirs.
Ancient in existence, but perhaps recent to some, perfumed waters have been around for centuries – talking about past generations! With yesterday’s ‘news’ – now recycled – daily appearances of these ‘waters’ are more common than one may think. Gently washed onto one’s face or incorporated into food, rosewater can be identified with beauty regimens or among Middle-eastern baking staples and fusion cuisine. Still confused? Just think about the last time you ate simple syrup-laden baklava – that mystery component was most likely rosewater. Clearly a multi-purpose item, some even resort to these ‘waters’ for its medicinal purposes. And, if you’re like my mom, mint water is the remedy to realign your ‘center.’ Equally appealing to my preference for all that’s effective, reliable and natural, this digestive aid works – all the proof I need.
Previously tried, I can attest to mint water’s restorative ‘powers.’ But, people are people – we’re different! As such, unique tastes will undeniably carry diverging reactions. So if you don’t like mint, are allergic or – heaven forbid – are suffering from appendicitis, please don’t try this at home. Seriously, in case of emergency – needless to say – you know what to do! In the meantime, this agreeable recipe stands as my sure-fit non-prescription for refreshing alleviation. Non-accidently made aware of this ‘medicinal’ drink, it comes highly recommended – even directly made – by my Persian matriarch line of ‘naturally’ instinctive doctors. For your own glass of settling comfort, simply blend these ingredients: a generous pouring – tablespoon or two – of mint water; then dilute with actual water – H2O; and to complete, mix the ‘remedy’ with a stick of crystalized sugar rocks or the famed alternative – “spoonful of sugar” – until ‘caster’ is dissolved. Easily prepared and fitting of fast relief, this pleasant beverage need not be limited to a minty ‘curative.’ So go ahead, if you wish, and drink your ‘greens’ – anytime!
Appetite redeemed, satisfying cravings for more ‘aromatics’ is another flavourful bottle away. As your bonus instruction, simply scoop and combine into a bowl: premium quality real-cream vanilla ice cream, dash of rosewater or orange blossom water, and – though optional – top with a hint of ground saffron and crushed pistachios. Sweet tooth or sore throat, whatever the ‘suffering,’ being under the weather is immediately corrected with ‘rosier’ alternatives – Persian food and drink!
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