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Make your own super-healthy Vitamin Water!

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on April 30, 2013 by Paulina Nelega, RH

These recipes look beautiful and taste delicious!

1) The Classic: Lemon/cucumber
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

2) The Granite: Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

3) The Digestive: Fennel/Citrus
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams (~1/2 tsp) of dried, crushed fennel seeds in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + juice of 1 lemon (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

4) The Antioxidant: Blackberry/Sage
Note that a part from the berries, sage leaf is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

5) The Watermelon: Watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 fresh rosemary sprigs. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

6) The Exotic: Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

7) The Traditional: Apple/cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

8) The Zingibir: Ginger/tea
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of grated ginger root in 2 cups of tea (green, oolong, black etc.), let cool.
Mix in a pitcher: 8 cups of water with the 2 cups of ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into tiny cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

adapted from MontrealOfficial.ca, with thanks!

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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