5 Healthy Herbal Tonic Drinks That Give You a Wellness Boost
Detox, boost your immunity, and more with these healthy drink recipes.
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.
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)