10 Tasty, Pure, and Natural Vitamin Waters You Can Make at Home

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Although many health experts have openly questioned the health claims of vitamin waters for years, some people continue to shell out good money for what is really nothing more than sugary water filled with artificial colors and flavors. Most of the so called “vitamins” are synthetic and are of a poor quality that is not easily absorbed by the body anyway.

Why buy these potentially toxic waters when you can make your own natural and healthy waters?  that have pure vitamins from living foods?

Although vitamins and water sound like the perfect pair, what they often don’t tell you is that many of these vitamin waters have as much sugar and calories as a can of coke. This makes sense when you consider that the most popular brand of vitamin water is made by the Coca Cola Company.

Did you know that most vitamin water contains both sucrose and fructose? Not only that, but many of the vitamin waters that contain citric acid come from GMO corn.

Why bother reading labels and spending a fortune on sugar water when you can easily make your own pure and natural vitamin infused water for pennies?

The easiest way is to invest in an infusion pitcher, which can be bought almost everywhere for less than $25 dollars. You can use such infuser to make not only a vitamin water but a detox tea as well. Simply add your ingredients and serve – either warm or cold! However, you can also use any glass jar that is large enough to hold a minimum of 10 cups of water, herbs, fruits or veggies.

Here are a few tips to make your vitamin water even better:

  • The longer you let the water sit, the more vitamins that will be infused into the water. However, if you plan to let it sit for more than 4 hours, remove the rinds from citrus fruits, such as oranges, otherwise the rinds also leech into the water and make it bitter.
  • Feel free to refill that jug! Once you have consumed all the water, those herbs and fruits are good for another round, so refill that jar with clean water and you are good to go again.
  • Cut your fruits and veggies into small pieces, or thin slices so that there is more surface for the water to interact with.
  • Always use clean, pure, filtered water, never tap water.
  • Always use organic fruits and veggies to avoid pesticide residue from entering the water.
  • The amounts used in these recipes can be changed according to your tastes. You will still be getting plenty of vitamins if you add more of one flavor and less of another.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors. If you have an overabundance of peaches, give them a try! Even flavors that don’t sound as if they go together, such as watermelon/raspberry/sage, give it a try if you have them on hand. Worst case scenario? It tastes terrible. Throw it out and try again! Read more about barley water benefits.

Are you ready? For whatever reason you are opting for the natural vitamin waters – to maintain your immune system and overall well being, to drink them as one of the supportive home remedies for stuffy nose or other illness, or simply to have nice flavored drinks that give a vitamin boost – we are giving you 10 terrific combinations to get started! Enjoy!

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1.  Rose Water with Holy Basil

  •  1 Quart of pure water
  • ½ Cup of organic Holy Basil ( sometimes called Tulsi) leaves
  • ½ Cup of fresh, organic rose petals
  • 1 drop of rose essential oil

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

 

2.  Lemon Cucumber Water

  • 10 Cups of water
  • 1 Thinly sliced organic cucumber
  • 1 Thinly sliced organic lemon
  • ¼ Cup finely chopped fresh organic mint leaves
  • ¼ Cup finely chopped fresh organic basil leaves

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving. Read more about cucumber water and its benefits.

 

3.  Citrus Fennel Water

  • ½ Teaspoon of dried, crushed fennel seeds
  • 1 Thinly sliced organic lemon (peel removed)
  • 1 Thinly sliced organic orange (peel removed)
  • 12 Chopped fresh organic mint leaves

First, infuse the funnel seeds in a cup of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool.  Mix together all other ingredients in 10 cups of water. Add the fennel seed water and stir. Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

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4. Strawberry or Raspberry Lime Water

  • 10 Cups of water
  • 6 Organic Strawberries ( or raspberries) greens removed and slightly crushed
  • 1 Thinly sliced organic lime (peel removed)
  • 12 Finely chopped, fresh organic mint leaves

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

 

5.  Rosemary Watermelon Water

  • 10 Cups of water
  • 1 Cup of cubed watermelon
  • 2 Fresh organic rosemary sprigs

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

 

6. Sage Blackberry Water

  • 10 Cups of water
  • 1 Cup of organic blackberries slightly crushed
  • 3 or 4 Fresh, organic sage leaves

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

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7.  Ginger Tea

  • 8 Cups of water (plus 2 cups of water for the green tea so 10 cups total water)
  • 1 Teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 Green tea bags
  • 4 Inch piece of fresh ginger root cut into very small cubes or thin slices

Make two cups of green tea and add the grated ginger root to the hot water. Stir a bit, and then allow to cool completely. Once cool, remove the tea bags. Mix 8 cups of water with the two cups of ginger/green tea and all other ingredients in the container of your choice.

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

 

8. Apple Cinnamon Water

  • 10 Cups of water
  • 1 Organic apple, seeds removed, cut into cubes. (Any variety of apple)
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Teaspoons of ground cinnamon

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

 

9.  Pineapple Mint Water

  • 10 Cups of water
  • 1 Cup of fresh pineapple cut into small cubes
  • 12 Fresh organic mint leaves, finely chopped

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

 

SEE ALSO: Top 12 Delightful Detox Water Recipes

 

10.  All Citrus Water

  • 2 Small organic lemons, seeds removed, peel removed, thinly sliced
  • 2 Organic limes, seeds removed, peel removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small organic orange, seeds removed, peel removed, thinly sliced

Allow to sit in the fridge overnight before serving.

References:

Mayoclinic.com

Cspinet.org

Ajph.aphapublications.org