DIY: 3 Easy Herb-Infused Water Recipes

Reader Contribution by Camille Leinbach
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Camille is a licensed aesthetician and operator of Autumn Moon Aesthetics. Her holistic skin care practice incorporates natural, handmade products, herbal therapy, aromatherapy and energetic bodywork. She encourages individuals to become more connected to their body and the Earth by creating natural products at home. Visit her blog Skin Care For Your Soul.

With the warm weather approaching and garden season heating up, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Jazz up your daily water intake using herbs and fruits!

Herb infused waters are refreshing, hydrating and simple to make.
This water is infused with berries, rose petals and vanilla.

Vanilla bean brings a subtly sweet quality to these three waters, making them a great alternative to sweetened drinks. Combined with refreshing herbs like mint and lemongrass, and sweet fruits like orange and blackberry, you have a healthy and tasty beverage that takes only minutes to make.

Lemongrass, Mint and Vanilla Infused Water

• 1 large stalk lemongrass, chopped coarsely and crushed slightly
• 1/4 cup fresh peppermint, chopped coarsely
• 1/2 large vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise (I used vanilla beans from Mountain Rose Herbs for all of my recipes.)

Cardamom, Orange and Vanilla Infused Water

• 1 large organic orange, sliced
• 1 tablespoon cardamom
• 1/2 large vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise

Blackberry, Rose and Vanilla Infused Water

• 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blackberries and/or raspberries
• 1/4 cup dried pink rose petals (I used petals from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
• 1/2 large vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise

Make flavored water with a pitcher large enough for your social gathering.
Photos by Camille Leinbach

How To Make Flavored Water

1. Place ingredients in a 1/2-gallon pitcher and fill with cold, pure water.

2. Allow the water to sit refrigerated overnight (or longer) to allow the flavors to infuse.

3. Strain the water and return it to the pitcher. Keep the pitcher in the fridge to keep it chilled. Drink within a few days.

You can adjust the amounts to add more or less of a certain flavor. Get creative with ingredients or use what you have on hand. I’d love to hear your creations!