There’s nothing quite like a cool, refreshing drink on a hot summer day, or a piping hot cup of tea on a chilly evening. A good drink can revive you during or after a workout, substitute a wholesome meal, or calm you down when you’re tense and stressed out. They’re convenient too-generally easy to make, and easy to transport. Sadly, like so many other things these days, even drinks that sound healthy are pumped full or sugars, artificial flavors and colorings, caffeine, and a myriad of other nasty ingredients. For a fraction of the price, you can make your own healthy drinks that taste better, and impart a wide range of benefits-naturally.
Inspired by the long frigid winters in my home state, this is a healing drink that will warm you up from inside out. It’s perfect for colds, achy throats, stubborn coughs, chills-all the nasty winter crummies you can think of. Try drinking it as soon as you start feeling something coming on, and it may even help chase away the bug before it has a chance to settle in.
These drinks can help amplify or boost your body’s filters in all the right ways when it comes to “detoxing.” While nothing but your body’s own systems can truly get rid of toxins, there are things that can make the job a little easier for those precious organs. That’s what these drinks focus on-from beets to oranges, they will work to aid in the process of getting rid of all the nasties that we can accumulate.
Water is an incredible substance as it is, but you can make it that much more beneficial when you add natural ingredients that will boost the function of your body’s detox system (aka liver and kidneys.)
Although they may seem healthy, drinks like Gatorade are not a whole lot more than brightly sugar water. You don’t need to buy a “special” electrolyte drink to replenish yourself-here are 3 ways to make your own at home.
The naturally pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory components in this drink make it a possible alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for those who experience gout. NSAIDS are often called for in cases of gout, but long-term use of them presents its own set of problems.
There are shelves of products these days that claim to fight off a virus before it hits, prevent you from picking up an illness on an airplane, and/or instantly turn your immune system into a shield of steel. Unfortunately these products can be a bit iffy, and while some people find them effective, others don’t. This drink is an all-natural blend of ingredients that won’t claim to magically cure anything, but can provide some impressive help none the less. When I drink it regularly I’ve found it reduces my bouts random sniffles/coughs/colds, which is always a welcome thing. It may not come neatly prepackaged in a convenient chewable tablet, but I truly think there is something extra healing added to the drink when you make it yourself.
It’s a bit ironic how something that can cause so much dreadful discomfort can also bring incredible amounts of relief. While you may have thought the nettle patch was something to avoid at all costs, this tea will have you looking at it in a whole new light. It’s a wonderfully simplistic remedy that can alleviate that dreadful stiffness and aching in your joints.
Nothing dampens your mood on a fine day like your period and all the little joys it brings with it-like cramps. As fantastic as that persistent, throbbing, (sometimes debilitating) ache is, you may eventually feel the need to kick the cramps-which is part of what this remedy will, well, remedy! Rich in all the right minerals and vitamins, this red raspberry leaf tea will help take the edge off that uniquely frustrating and miserable feeling, and can contribute overall to women’s health, especially as it pertains to the reproductive system.
We tend to be creatures of habit, and reliable habits tend to reduce stress. A bedtime ritual is unique to everyone, but it can make a difference in how well you sleep. If you’re the type of person who has to “unwind” before relaxing (or slowing racing thoughts) and going to bed, try adding in one these easy to make sleepy time drinks. Sipping on one of these is soothing, and you can do it while curled up and reading book, or just trying to settle down. Bedtime tea (or drinks) can be an extremely therapeutic ritual and are helpful at telling our bodies-and minds- “ok, it’s time to start to slow down here.”
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are nothing short of loathsome. It’s not like the feeling of needing to pee in short bursts isn’t bothersome enough, you have to add in the horrible burning pain that goes with it. Peeing more + searing pain during said peeing = misery. These herbal teas will hopefully help get rid of it, and at the very least they take the edge off!
Vitamin water floods the market with pretty packages and big promises. It’s also overpriced, and not even half as healthy and wholesome as the companies want you to believe it is. Not only is it easier on your pocketbook, it’s much better for your body and mind when you make it yourself. This recipe pertains to B vitamins in particular, which help your body to create (good, natural) energy-something a lot of us need more of these days!
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