Take fresh berries, herbs, and fragrant spices and mix with tea, cider vinegar, or maybe coconut milk, and you have a healing, delicious pick-me-up that will refresh and recharge you. “These drinks are packed with vitamins and minerals to help you take care of your body,” says Micaela Foley, a resident herbalist for the Alchemist’s Kitchen in New York City. And they cover it all: de-stressing, sleeping better, boosting your immunity. Whatever your goal, Micaela has created the winning recipe for you.
Cider vinegar promotes gut health, and antioxidants in the basil and berries reduce inflammation.
THE STOMACH SOOTHER
Berry and Basil Shrub
In a large mason jar, cover 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries, peaches, and blueberries and 1 cup chopped basil; cover with cider vinegar. Cover jar and let sit in a cool, dark place for a few days, then strain. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to sparkling water and garnish with fresh fruit and herbs.
Charcoal Cucumber Mint Lemonade
Activated charcoal powder binds to toxins and moves them out of your system. It may also help battle bloat.
In a 950ml mason jar, add the juice of 1 lemon, 1 small, thinly sliced cucumber, and 1 cup mint, chopped. Fill jar with water and store in refrigerator overnight. Strain, and stir in 1 teaspoon cayenne and 1 tablespoon activated charcoal powder supplement.
THE BRAIN FOCUSER
Rosemary, Ginkgo, and Spearmint Tea
Rosemary and ginkgo may improve your memory and brain health, studies indicate.
Boil 500ml water and pour it over 2 tablespoons each of dried rosemary, dried spearmint, and dried ginkgo. Cover and let the mixture steep for 5 to 10 minutes, then strain and add 2 tablespoons honey if desired. Let cool, store in the refrigerator, and stir before serving over ice.
Coconut Milk Horchata
“Nutmeg is sleep-inducing,” Micaela says, and the adaptogen ashwagandha helps your body cope with stress.
In a saucepan, gently warm 2 cups coconut milk, then add 1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg. Take off heat and stir in 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup. Let cool and refrigerate. Shake and serve over ice.
THE IMMUNITY BOOSTER
Elderberry Ginger Cordial
Elderberries are very high in antioxidants like vitamins C and E, plus they have antiviral properties to help ﬁght colds. And ginger is an antimicrobial.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons elderberry syrup to a glass of sparkling water and stir. Garnish with grated ginger.
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