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Vitamin water and spa drinks to make at home

Homemade vitamin water is easier than you think. And so are some other trendy spa drinks. A lot less expensive plus way more healthy than what you buy at the store. Here’s the recipes I’ll be sharing on Fox 19 as their resident herbalist for healthy summer drinks.  

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HOMEMADE VITAMIN WATER

No need to buy these trendy and sometimes expensive drinks at the store. Plus making it yourself gives you control as to what goes in – all natural, all good! This drink is full of antioxidants and hydrating. 
Pour 6 cups good quality water in a pitcher
Add:
1 large lemon or lime, thinly sliced (good for stress & immune system) – you can also make a combo of lemons, lime and even oranges
1 small cucumber, skin left on and sliced thinly (hydrating) – or substitute borage or salad burnet, both herbal cucumber substitutes – borage has a beautiful blue flower .
Palmful each: mint and basil, chopped (mint has potassium, calcium, magnesium & iron – good for women’s bones & heart; basil has vit E, potassium and protein – great for skin)
Optional but very good: fresh rose petals, lemon verbena (a few leaves, chopped), lemon grass (use bulb end and slice thinly) – all refreshing and good for skin health
Need to sweeten it? Try stevia, a natural sugar substitute, agave syrup or raw honey.
Take a spoon and smoosh everything gently.  This releases the good oils of the fruit & herbs. Chill, strain and serve, garnished with a fresh herb, flower, or citrus slice.

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RITA’S SPA WATER WITH LEMON AND MINT

If you’d go to an exclusive spa, you might be served a version of my spa water.  Healthful and hydrating, this is the way to go!  Check out my website at Abouteating.com for the article Country Gardens did on my herb garden. The spa water is one of the featured recipe. I keep tweaking this recipe and here’s how I make it now:

Fill a glass or pitcher a quarter or half way up with peppermint. Then add enough lemon slices to almost fill the pitcher.  As you put the mint and lemon in, smoosh them with a spoon to release healthful oils and juices.  Fill with water  let infuse at least 30 minutes, sweeten with Stevia or honey, and enjoy.  This drink is refillable!

 

Why this recipe is good for you:

 

  • The lemons help you burn carbs more slowly, helps your body utilize the iron that you get from foods, and also is a gentle liver cleanser, plus lemon juice helps form and repair the collagen in your body. Lemons contain good amounts of iron, copper, potassium and calcium. The vitamin C in the lemon helps with stress and is good for your immune system, as well.

 

  • Peppermint contains vitamin C and A and is great for the digestion.

 

  • Stevia is a non-caloric, diabetic safe, sweetener, 30 to hundreds  of times sweeter than sugar.

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