Summer Cooling Foods & Beverages
COOLING DRINKS | Herbal & Fruit Infusions
Nourish & Restore Herbal Infusion
Soak 3-4 Tbl spoons of dried Nettle in 3-4 cups of boiling water until it comes to room temperature. Keeping the nettle in the water, now add 3-4 Tbl spoons of dried Oat Straw. Soak overnight. Strain and enjoy throughout the day.
Nettle is a deeply nourishing herb packed with all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to feel vibrant, healthy, and replenished. Oatstraw is also a vital alternative, like nettle, which means it gradually restores the proper function of the body and increases health and vitality. Oatstraw comforts people giving a sense of coming home to yourself, making transitions into the new season more manageable. Physiologically, Oatstraw repairs the myelin sheath that insulates the nerve cells, supporting the optimal function of our nervous system and helping with any nervous conditions and stabilizes blood sugar levels among many other indications. Together, this pair gives you all the iron and chlorophyll you could need and the grounding care we receive from the “mothering” self-care from mother earth’s generous plant medicine while staying hydrated during summer months.
Water Infused with Fruit and Herbs
Some of my recent combinations are:
- cucumber, lemon, ginger, mint, basil.
- lemon, rosemary, mint.
- strawberry, lemon, basil.
- watermelon, lime, mint.
- cilantro, lime.
Possibilities are endless. So get creative and try out some fun combinations of your own. You can make it as fancy as you like, or simply throw in what you have in your refrigerator before they go to waste. Here are simple steps:
- Add fruits/vegetables in the mason jar/pitcher (sealed jar is preferred for storing).
- Gently bruise the herbs to release their aromatic oils and add to the jar/pitcher. To bruise herbs, gently roll and rub a bunch in your hand or tap loose leaves with the back of a knife.
- Add filtered water and let it sit in your refrigerator for few hours before drinking.
Infused water can be “stretched” by adding more water to the jar over the days. Happy drinking!