Refreshing Ginseng Mint Herbal Beverage Recipe
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Seriously!! I am about to share with you an addictive, refreshing blend of natural ingredients that will have your taste buds craving more!! You will want to keep this minty beverage in your refrigerator all summer long! Not only will you feel proud that you are supplying your family with a healthy substitute for soda and other sugary drinks, but your family will actually LOVE the taste.
You know on those extremely HOTT summer days when all you want to do is chug water? Well this yummy beverage is way better! Not to mention the little boost of energy that follows after consuming:) Don’t worry mom! This won’t have the kids bouncing off of the walls lol.
Doesn’t that just make your mouth water!
We keep a pitcher full of this amazing water in our fridge all summer and I have to make a fresh pitcher full every single day! I use a glass pitcher or metal. For some reason it just tastes better to me to have a cold drink served out of glass rather than a plastic pitcher. (I am weird about some things lol but hey we all have our preferences right)
The image below shows the exact pitcher that I use:)
Only use the above pitcher for cold beverages! It is unsafe to pour hot liquid into the glass pitcher because it could burst!! I love this pitcher because it has a wide mouth for easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe! I know you mommas appreciate that as much as I do:)
With Leaves or Without Leaves?…That is the Question….
Whether you have guessed it or not… this drink is made from fresh herbs that most of us have in our yards or herb/spice gardens. I personally love to pour the mint leaves directly into my cup while I am drinking. Some of you may prefer that the leaves be strained before serving. If this is the case, check out the following pitcher. I also have this one here in the Carr home. (It is safe to pour hot beverages into this pitcher due to the thick tempered glass)
- Honey (any kind you like)
- Fresh Mint Leaves (you can even use chocolate mint leaves…MY FAVE)
- Water (Only Spring Water in This House:)
- Ginseng Leaves or 2 tsp. of ginseng powder (OPTIONAL but this is the Energy Ingredient)
- Lemon or Lime (Fresh or juice-OPTIONAL)
Put a handful of mint leaves and ginseng leaves mixed into the bottom of your pitcher. (If using ground ginseng use the 2 tsp or omit all together) It is difficult to get your hands on wild ginseng unless you know how to hunt it:) I have an E-Course coming soon on how to do this if you are interested!!
Fill pitcher 3/4 full with cold water and squeeze in the juice from a lemon or lime. You may use more than one lemon or lime depending on your taste. This is totally optional but it adds color and a satisfying flavor for your taste buds.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for best taste results. (It never lasts more than a day in our house)
When Ready to Serve:
Pour desired amount of herbal water into a cup. Add ice cubes and a tablespoon of honey to sweeten. Add fresh lemon or lime to your cup if desired.
Dried or Fresh Mint
You can purchase fresh mint sometimes in your local grocery store, farmer’s market, or organic health store. You can also purchase dried mint and use it as well. If using dried mint leaves then I would use 2-3 Tablespoons. I like fresh better though:) In my opinion it is best to grow it at home for your personal use. Start yourself a small herb garden so that you have this yummy stuff on hand whenever you like:)
Benefits of Mint:
- calming and soothing
- Aids in upset stomach and indigestion
- Supports healthy cholesterol levels
- High in antioxidants
- Contains anti-inflammatory agents
- A study published in April 2007 in the International Breastfeeding Journal suggested that peppermint water may help prevent nipple cracks and nipple pain in first-time mothers who are breastfeeding
- Natural decongestant
- Breath freshener
If you want to add ginseng to your tea for an extra burst of energy I suggest buying the powder if you are not growing or hunting it.
Benefits of Ginseng:
- Potent Antioxident
- Aids in reduction of inflammation
- May improve memory, behavior and mood
- Aid in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men
- Boost for the Immune system
- Ginseng may be helpful in reducing the risk of certain cancers
- Increase energy level
- Combat tiredness
- Helps to lower blood sugar
Do Your Homework:
Always consult your family doctor before taking any supplement or adding it to your diet. Be sure to do your homework on any product that you purchase or consume so that you know any potential problems or side effects.
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Love,hugs, and blessings from the Carr family,