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5 Healthy Herbal Tonic Drinks That Give You a Wellness Boost

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Take fresh berries, herbs, and fragrant spices and mix with tea, cider vinegar, or maybe coconut milk, and you have a healing, delicious pick-me-up that will refresh and recharge you. “These drinks are packed with vitamins and minerals to help you take care of your body,” says Micaela Foley, a resident herbalist for the Alchemist’s Kitchen in New York City. And they cover it all: de-stressing, sleeping better, boosting your immunity. Whatever your goal, Foley has created the winning recipe for you. (Or try these 5 Low-Sugar Veggie Smoothies to Boost Your Energy.)

The Stomach Soother: Berry and Basil Shrub

Cider vinegar promotes gut health, and antioxidants in the basil and berries reduce inflammation.

In a large mason jar, cover 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries, peaches, and blueberries and 1 cup chopped basil; cover with cider vinegar. Cover jar and let sit in a cool, dark place for a few days, then strain. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to sparkling water and garnish with fresh fruit and herbs.

The Detox: Charcoal Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

Activated charcoal powder binds to toxins and moves them out of your system. It may also help battle bloat.

In a 32-ounce mason jar, add the juice of 1 lemon, 1 small, thinly sliced cucumber, and 1 cup mint, chopped. Fill jar with water and store in refrigerator overnight. Strain, and stir in 1 teaspoon cayenne and 1 tablespoon activated charcoal powder supplement.

The Immunity Booster: Elderberry-Ginger Cordial

Elderberries are very high in antioxidants like vitamins C and E, plus they have antiviral properties to help fight colds. And ginger is an antimicrobial. (This immune-boosting green juice is also worth a shot.)

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons elderberry syrup (available in natural-food markets and some pharmacies) to a glass of sparkling water and stir. Garnish with grated ginger.

The Brain Focuser: Rosemary, Ginkgo and Spearmint Tea

Rosemary and ginkgo may improve your memory and brain health, studies indicate.

Boil 16 ounces water and pour it over 2 tablespoons each of dried rosemary, dried spearmint, and dried ginkgo. Cover and let the mixture steep for 5 to 10 minutes, then strain and add 2 tablespoons honey if desired. Let cool, store in the refrigerator, and stir before serving over ice.

The Chill-Out: Coconut Milk Horchata

“Nutmeg is sleep-inducing,” Foley says, and the adaptogen ashwagandha helps your body cope with stress.

In a saucepan, gently warm 2 cups coconut milk, then add 1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg. Take o heat and stir in 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup. Let cool and refrigerate. Shake and serve over ice.

Grab-and-Go Options

Don't have time to steep these on your own? Check out a few of our already bottled picks. (Or try these products that turn water into a health drink.)

  • ACV on the go: The Republic of Tea Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Single Sips ($20 for canister of 14, republicoftea.com)
  • Chilled coconut sip: Rebbl Ashwagandha Spicy Chai Elixir ($5, jet.com)
  • Brain power tea bags: Yogi Gingko Clarity Tea ($7 for 16 bags, walmart.com)
  • Spring cleanout: Dirty Lemon Daily Detox ($45 for case of 6, dirtylemon.com)

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