When going through chemo, it might be hard to drink water although you really need to. The drugs can make the water taste like mineral oil. This mint water can make drinking water a... refreshing pleasure again. Mint is also soothing to the digestion, easy to grow, and easy to find in the local greenmarket or supermarket. Get the freshest available.
Take 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh mint, depending on taste. Remove any damaged or brown leaves and wash the sprigs very well.
Put them into a carafe or water jug and fill up with water, covering the mint completely. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge to steep for at least 1 hour. The water will now have taken on the aroma of the mint. Keep the mint water in the fridge and add more water as you use it. The mint will keep flavoring the water for up to 3 days.
If on chemo, and the mint isn’t home grown, wash it well before steeping it.
To drink mint water hot in winter, steep it in boiling hot water for 10 minutes.
If fresh mint is not available, use a mint teabag instead. Hot water is not needed. Put it into cold water and leave it to steep in the fridge for an hour. The taste won’t be as light as with fresh mint, and the bag can not be left there for 3 days, but it is a decent substitute.