With global warming looming, it’s getting awfully hot around here. And, if we keep our air-conditioners on high blast all summer long, it’s not actually helping the situation.
So, we need to find other ways to chill out.
I’ve got one for you.
Drink more water!
Okay, okay, okay.
I was just teasing you.
I assume that you are already drinking enough water and now you are seeking something a little more festive and fun, right?
Good! You’re in the right place.
After you’ve sufficiently hydrated your cells with water here’s something to cool you down, deliciously. It’s my Hibiscus Tea and Summer Fruit Cooler.
I’m not even exaggerating when I say that this refreshing drink might be the BEST one you’ve ever had.
What makes this the best cooling drink ever?
It starts with steeped hibiscus flowers.
They turn the water into a gorgeous red magenta color.
Hibiscus also has many medicinal properties and health benefits:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Naturally diuretic
- Relieves painful urination
- Reduces anxiety
- Lowers blood glucose
- Rich in vitamin C, calcium, niacin, iron, riboflavin
That means besides being a beautiful flower to look at, it’s really wise to ingest it.
Once you’ve steeped the dried flowers, you’re going to add into to this gorgeous red liquid, some of your favorite fragrant summer herbs and sweet fruits.
I chose basil, but you can use mint, thyme, lemon balm…. so many herbs to choose from.
Then dice up whatever juicy and sweet summer fruits you have on hand.
Squeeze in a little lemon or lime, and drizzle in some local honey.
Give it a good stir and it’s ready to cool you down.
If you have the time, let this concoction sit overnight. That will amp up the deliciousness factor for sure.
Are you getting thirsty yet?
If yes, click here for the full recipe!
Enjoy and let me know what your favorite summer drink is.
I’d love to hear from you.
 Rodale’s 21’st Century Herbal, by Michale J. Balick, PhD, 2014, Pgs. 178-179
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.