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Refreshing and healing infused waters

Dr. Lad's Electrolyte Tea: for hydration

I learned this preparation during my visits to The Ayurvedic Institute for Summer Intensives with Dr. Lad. I find this tea to be a great option for teenagers (and adults) exercising outside on hot days and a perfect solution to skip the vending machines that mostly offer polluting plastic bottled drinks loaded with colorants and other unwanted chemicals.

  • 6 cups of water

  • ¼ tsp of rock salt

  • 3 tsp of jaggery or turbinado sugar (or adjust to taste)

  • the juice of 1 whole lime

Preparation: Bring the water, salt, and sugar to boil, then let it simmer for about 2-3 min (the water will turn dark). Turn the heat off and let it cool down to room temperature. Add the lime juice, then reserve it in jar or a drinking bottle. Do not boil the lime juice.

Drink it at room temperature or fresh, but try to avoid the temptation of loading it with ice cubes as too cold drinks are not ideal for the digestive fire (Agni).

 

Dr. Lad's Cooling-Electrolyte Tea: refreshing and hydrating


This is a more refreshing variation from the previous recipe which I also learned during my visits to The Ayurvedic Institute for Summer Intensive Seminars with Dr. Vasant Lad.

  • 6 cups of water

  • ¼ tsp of rock salt

  • 3 tsp of jaggery or turbinado sugar (or adjust to taste)

  • the juice of 1 whole lime

  • a handful of mint leaves (fresh or dried)

Preparation: Bring the water, salt, and sugar to boil, then let it simmer for about 2-3 min (the water will turn dark). Turn the heat off and immediately add the mint leaves. Let it cool down. Once it reaches room temperature, add the lime juice, then reserve it in jar or a drinking bottle. Do not boil the lime juice. Drink it room temperature or fresh, but try to avoid the temptation of loading it with ice cubes as too cold drinks are not ideal for the digestive fire (Agni).

 

Carol's rose and hibiscus infused water: cooling and purifying


This is one of my favorite flower infusions and the one I crave after gardening under the Sun.

  • 2 tbsp of organic rose petals

  • 2 tbsp of hibiscus flowers

  • 2 cups of hot water (not boiling)

  • 6 cups of water at room temperature or cold

Preparation: In a jar, place the rose petals and the hibiscus flowers. Pour the hot water over the flowers and let it infuse for an hour. Then, once infused, add the remaining fresh water, strain and serve.


By infusing the flowers slowly and gently to water that is hot but not boiling, we obtain a tea with subtle delicate notes and the tea will naturally taste "sweet" despite not having any sweetener added. When the water is too hot, the roses will release more of their bitter notes, loosing the delicate notes.


"Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a beautiful, sacred flower commonly used in devotional ceremonies and to make cooling summer beverages. It helps purify the body both physically and spiritually and is useful in disorders associated with the first and second chakra (Yoga of Herbs). Hibiscus promotes the healthy growth of hair and a clear complexion. It also supports the proper function of the kidneys and the female reproductive system." — (Banyan Botanicals)


Refreshing Mint, Fennel, and Rose infused water (1 serving)

  • 1½ cups of boiling water

  • 5 fresh mint leaves (or ½ tsp of dried mint leaves)

  • ½ tsp fennel seeds

  • 1 tsp organic rose petals

Grind the fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle, place them into a mug and pour 8 oz of boiling water over it. Cover, steep for 2-3 minutes, add the mint leaves and rose petals, and steep for a couple more minutes. Strain and drink. Enjoy this tea warm any time of the year or fresh on hot days.

 

About the author: Carol Jamault is a Certified Health and Life Coach (CHC), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) with extensive training in Ayurveda and Herbalism. She focuses on supporting her clients with stress management tools and self-care routines through an integrative approach to wellness. She guides those in a quest for personal growth and better health, by providing curated information and teaching a therapeutic lifestyle that naturally allows to restore balance, improving wellness and fostering longevity. Carol has been studying alternative healing, ethnobotany, circadian medicine, Ayurveda and herbalism since 2001. She is the founder of Hridayam Bodywork & Apothecary and partners with corporations and wellness studios to provide therapeutic bodywork, private coaching, workshops, and lectures.

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