I’m sure I’m not the only one who has fallen into the trap of creative marketing by corporations labeling things as “Packed With Antioxidants!”, “Fortified With Nutrients!”, “Made With Real Fruit Juice!*”, “Supports Optimum Immune Function!’, or even “Fortified For Your Health!”. Now, I don’t want to call anybody out but there was an interesting lawsuit recently that calls this out.

Instead of falling into these traps, you can make some amazing things that actually do what they claim (or a least the claims above) by infusing your water with plants from your garden!

This is something that our education team does while teaching students about how multinational corporations put profit before people and how they can live healthier lives through eating and drinking from their gardens.

Making your own vitamin water is incredibly easy! All you need is a large mason jar (I suggest a 2-quart sized jar), some water, a touch of honey, any harvest from the garden, and the willingness to jump in!

Some great flavor combinations that we like at the Planting Justice office include:

-       All citrus: combine an orange, a lime, and a lemon

-       Raspberry/Lime: 2 limes and a hearty handful of raspberries

-       Blackberry Sage: A few sage leaves and a handful of blackberries

-       Watermelon/Rosemary: Just a sprig of rosemary and some watermelon cubes

-       Strawberry/Lime: Just a lime and 6 strawberries

Once you have your water ready, put it in the fridge overnight and the next day you’ll be sipping on the tastiest and healthiest drink you’ve ever had!

Below is a list of plants we have in our garden and what each plant contains to support our body’s systems.

 

PLANTS AND THEIR HEALING PROPERTIES

Mint is especially beneficial if you have cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure and also helps to ease indigestion symptoms. It is:

-       especially rich in carotenes

-       especially rich in vitamin-C

-       a good source of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus

-       a good source of iron

-        a good source of potassium

 

Cilantro is especially effective for toxic metal cleansing, to help prevent cardiovascular damage, a remedy for diabetes, and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activities. It is:

-       especially rich in folic acid

-       especially rich in riboflavin

-       especially rich in niacin

-       especially rich in vitamin-A

-       especially rich in beta carotene and vitamin-C

-       one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin-K

-       a good source of potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium

-       rich in antioxidants

-       a great dietary fiber

 

Parsley protects the body against rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Contains a unique blend of volatile oils and flavonoids. It is:

-       rich in antioxidants

-       rich in vitamin-C and vitamin-A

-       rich in beta carotene

-       a good source of folic acid

-       an excellent source of vitamin-K

-       a good source of iron

-       good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium

 

Rosemary is one of the recognized herbs for its note-worthy health benefiting phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants, and essential acids. It is:

-       rich is anti-oxidants

-       a good source of dietary fiber

-       exceptionally rich in many B-complex groups of vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin

-       a very good source of vitamin-A

-       a good source of vitamin-C

-       rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium

 

Sage has many notable plant-derived chemical compounds, essential oils, minerals, vitamins that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

-       The primary biologically active component of common sage appears to be its essential oil, which chiefly contain ketones; α-thujone, and β-thujone. Thujone enhances concentration, attention span and quickens the senses; hence sage infusion has long been recognized as "thinker's tea." Its effects help deal with grief and depression.

-       It is a very rich source of several B-complex groups of vitamins, such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine and riboflavin many times higher than the recommended daily levels

-       A great source of vitamin-A, vitamin-C

-       A rich source of minerals like potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium

 

Strawberries are low in calories (32 kcal/100g) and fats but rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. They are:

-       an excellent source of antioxidants

-       an excellent source of vitamin-C

-       rich in B-complex group of vitamins

-       very good source of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrate, proteins and fats

-       a good source of vitamin-A, vitamin-E and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and beta-carotene in small amounts

-       a good source of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine

 

Lemons are very rich in vitamin C which help to work against infections like the flu and colds. It is also very alkalizing to help restore balance to the body’s pH and to help neutralize free radicals linked to most types of disease. It is also a great liver detoxifier. Lemons also have powerful antibacterial properties, so can be used as a cleaning solution! Their vitamins include:

-       an excellent source of vitamin C

-       also a source of vitamin b6 and iron

I hope that you’ll join me in making some delicious vitamin water today!

Written by Tomas Moreno