Summer is in full swing and a day in the sun can leave you depleted.
A concoction of herbal steeped apple cider vinegar combined with honey, lemon, salt and water just might do the trick to cool and replenish after a hot day!
Elderflower is the star in this blend. It is a diaphoretic which means it brings blood to the surface of the body to induce sweating and release heat. Herbalist Jim McDonald likens it to opening the window in a hot room.
Rose and Lemon Balm add additional cooling properties while Nettle provides vitamins and minerals.
Haymaker's Punch is a hundreds of year old recipe that farmers of yesteryear drank after a day of making hay. Today it is more popularly known as Switchel. If fruit is involved, it is a Shrub.
M A K E
8 oz apple cider vinegar such as @bragg
4 tbsp elderflowers
2 tbsp rose petals
1 tbsp lemon balm
1 tbsp nettle
Steep for 2-4 weeks.
2 tbsp steeped apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1/4-1/2 tsp ginger, grated
2 tsp lemon
16 oz water
Mix all ingredients in a canning jar.
Add lid and shake shake shake.
Refresh and enjoy.
*For days you really need to rehydrate, make a cold infusion with Marshmallow root and use it in place of water.
*For an especially sweaty day, replace the water with coconut water.
*To make a cocktail, spike it with gin or vodka
*A great source for purchasing dried herbs is @mountainroseherbs