Infused Water ~ The Healing Hydration
Water is a Life Force but it’s not always tasty to some of us. Combining herbs and fruits will add that needed taste and, incredibly, some healing powers in your water! Simple and amazing for your Bodymindspirit.
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Here is where you can get as creative as you like. Considering that herbs and fruits have healing properties, let us allow an introduction to the Three Properties of Healing derived from “Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition” by Paul Pitchford:
Awareness: We are aware that water is essential to Life. But, while knowing that, some of us have a difficult relationship with drinking water. Let us awaken our minds to accepting that without water, our bodies cannot function properly.
Activity: According to ancient healing arts, activity builds “digestive fire” and is necessary for us to receive good nutrition from our foods. The act of manually cutting your fruits and rubbing the herbs to activate the essential oils in the leaf, can stimulate our senses and encourage us to move. Adequate movement is the center for making the biochemicals that influence our moods and emotions.
Nutrition: Coupled with exercise, nutrition represents an awe-inspiring therapy for the Bodymindspirit! Proper nutrition benefits the biochemistry of our bodies and especially that of our brain, kidneys, liver, gall bladder and blood! By adding herbs to your water, you’re providing your body the opportunity to detox as all herbs have blood-cleansing properties.
Here are just a few flavor combinations to help get you started on your own Infused Water Adventure!
- Strawberries and lemons
- Lemon, orange and lime slices
- Strawberries and blueberries
- Honey Dew, Cantaloupe, & Watermelon
- Peach, Honey Dew, & Cantaloupe
- Watermelon & Peach
- Strawberry & Fresh Mint
- Kiwi, Raspberry, & Peach
- Blackberry & Fresh Sage
- Strawberry & Orange
- Cilantro & Cucumber
- Pineapple, Blueberry & Fresh Peppermint
The Physician’s Reference offers a simple chart that you could also use as a guide:
For this article, I’ve chosen peppermint (loaded with nutrients, it’s calming and is a digestive aide), red raspberries (benefits the liver and kidneys; enriching and cleanses the blood of toxins) and cucumbers (sweet flavored, it counteracts toxins and lifts depression. Moistens the lungs and acts as a digestive aid.)
*fresh red raspberries
*fresh peppermint herb
*soak raspberries in cold filtered water
*soak peppermint herbs in cold filtered water
*rinse in filtered water, slice cucumbers
*rinse raspberries and herbs with filtered water
**add cucumbers, raspberries
**before adding the peppermint (or any herb), roll the herb around in the palms of your hands to bruise the leaves and release the essential oils.
**add cold filtered water.
Drink your refrigerated infused waters within 3-4 days of infusing, with same day or next day drinking being optimal. Drink your un-refrigerated infused waters the same day as infusing. Remember that, unlike commercial fruit juices that you buy in the store, infused waters are not pasteurized or filled with preservatives. Infused waters are meant to be consumed fresh, just like the very fruits you are putting into them.
Add more water to your container when the water is half way down. That way, you mix the flavorful water with the new water.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this information and will be able to have a better, closer relationship with the Life Force that is Water.
“It’s like drinking a breath of fresh air.” ~ Arlene