The Glendale Community College Environmental Club and their children recently visited the Rosemont Preserve to learn about the various plants that live in this area. With nearly 8 acres of wilderness to explore, Tim Martinez served as a guide to this particular group.
With deer seen running around the preserve, the members of the ECC Environmental Club and their children were highly entertained by the experience. Martinez guided the group through the preserve, discussing the various species of native plants in the area that also grow across California as well. A board member of the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy, Martinez discussed the various uses of all the plants, including their medicinal effects which is of important interest to many in the club.
The Rosemont Preserve is located near the top of Rosemont Avenue where local groups take care of the grounds and help conduct tours and programs for visitors, such as the GCC Environmental Club. This tour was just one of several different types of activities that the club does regularly.
The Activities of the GCC Environmental Club
In addition to visiting the Rosemont Preserve, The GCC Environmental Club also has a community garden located behind Parking Lot A. Here, students can plant the seeds of different plants in the garden which will charge a $25 fee starting next semester. Hiking through the Rosemont Preserve and other natural areas helps provide the GCC Environmental Club with valuable knowledge about the local area, the different types of plants that are found and insight into growing their own plants as well.
One plant of particular interest that grows in the area is the peppermint plant. The peppermint plant is well known for providing peppermint which is the source of many candy ingredients, but it can also be used for medicinal purposes as well.
The Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea
There are actually several benefits to drinking peppermint tea, starting with the antioxidants and other nutritional elements that are found in peppermint. The antioxidants contain the free radicals which cause premature aging in the skin, nails, hair as well as internally.
Digestive Issues: Peppermint tea has been known to help relieve temporary digestive discomfort, but it also has been found to help reduce diarrhea and abdominal cramping as well. For occasional digestive issues, peppermint tea is well recognized natural solution.
Relaxation: Peppermint tea is also known to help calm and soothe the nerves after a long day. This makes it the perfect drink before bedtime, although be sure that no caffeine has been added.
Bad Breath: Mints have often been used to remove bad breath and peppermint tea is no exception. It will freshen up your mouth and have you feeling refreshed as well.
This particular article offers these benefits as well as some others that peppermint tea may provide.
The health benefits of peppermint tea is just one reason why the Glendale Community College Environmental Club is interested in growing their own spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. The interest in preserving our environment is augmented by growing natural foods, some of which offer medicinal benefits as well.
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