Herb & Fruit Infused Water
There have been countless studies showing the infinite benefits of drinking enough water including boosting metabolism, healthier skin, boost mood, help prevent and treat headaches, and even help fight bad breath. Infusing your water with herbs and fruit add additional benefits to your water and add great flavor.
Infusing water is very easy considering the number of health benefits it provides. Simply wash any produce you want to incorporate into your water and add it to a large container (preferably with a lid and a lip that makes pouring easy). You can add items whole or you can cut, dice, slice or cube, your produce; it is really up to you. The smaller pieces, the more flavor you will get. You must be patient while your water absorbs the flavor your produce releases. The longer the wait, the more flavor you will get. Herbs can take a great deal longer to release a sufficient amount of flavor while berries and other fruits can be tasted almost instantly. Refill as you enjoy and make sure you replace any produce when they become soft and "spent"; you won't want soggy, mushy fruit!
Here are some of our staff favorite combinations, some of which you may have had the opportunity to sample in our Victorian Shoppe as part of our Daily Specials:
Raspberry and Buffalo Berry Bloom Petals
Listed below is just some of the most popular produce we have to add to your water and some of the health benefits they can provide. Get creative with your combinations and come out to see what else we have that might create your new favorite infused water flavor!
Rosemary --alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth
Thyme -- great to help with arthritis, colic, sore throat, cough
Mint -- promotes digestive health, soothes stomach, and reduces inflammation
Basil -- promotes blood health
Cilantro -- wonderful source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium
Parsley -- vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron
Edible flowers -- vitamins A and C and the greens are high in calcium, iron and phosphorous
Cucumber -- numerous antioxidants
Apples -- fiber, may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease
Plums -- good source of vitamin C
Pears -- copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, B-vitamins
Cherries -- fiber, vitamin C, each of which may help play a role in cancer prevention
Carrots -- vitamin A in the body to help maintain healthy skin, aids in digestion
Raspberries -- vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber. They are a very good source of copper and a good source of vitamin K, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids and potassium
Strawberries -- antioxidants, lower blood pressure and protect your heart
--See you in the Garden