Can you feel it coming? Summer, I mean.
Depending on where you live, it might be super hot and summery already or you’re finally enjoying the spring weather and you’ve got a few more weeks before summer really hits. Either way, I think we can all agree that it’s warming up and, with that, our bodies experience a shift in temperature as well.
I’ve really been working on upping my water intake to keep my body cool and cells hydrated, but sometimes my body needs a bit more. This is especially important when you think about the effects overheating can have on your body - headaches, breakouts, insomnia, digestive issues, etc.
So I’ve been making teas and incorporating fresh herbs that have cooling properties.
There are so many cooling herbs out there like chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, lemon balm, yarrow and sage. I have loads of mint and lemon balm in my garden so I used those and added in goji berries to naturally sweeten. If you don’t have garden herbs, then you can grab some mint, sage, and maybe some lemongrass (mmm yes!) to infuse at home.
It’s a beautifully nourishing experience - infusing fresh herbs into water. I make a big batch and put them in mason jars in the fridge to drink throughout the week. So much yum and my body says “yay!”
Cooling Summer Tea
- Several handfuls of fresh, washed herbs. I used:
- Yerba Buena
- Lemon Balm
- Elder Flowers
Bring a large pot of water to boil and turn off heat Add in the fresh herbs and goji berries and let steep for 1 hour, covered with a plate or other top.
Once steeped, filter out the solid bits and pour into glass jars. Let sit until they are room temperature, cover and place in fridge.
When ready to drink, pop in a few ice cubes and a squeeze of lemon juice before drinking.
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