Hydration is vital when going through chemo, but the drugs can make water taste like mineral oil. This mint water can make drinking water a refreshing pleasure again. Mint is 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 and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour to give the water enough time to take on the aroma and flavor 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.
For hot mint water in winter, steep the mint 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 won’t flavor the water for 3 days, but it is a decent substitute.