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Rita's homemade vitamin water

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No need to buy these trendy and sometimes expensive drinks at the store. Plus making it yourself gives you control as to what goes in - all natural, all good! This drink is full of antioxidants and hydrating. 

Pour 6 cups good quality water in a pitcher

Add:

1 large lemon or lime, thinly sliced (good for stress & immune system)

1 small cucumber, skin left on and sliced thinly (hydrating)

Palmful each: mint and basil, chopped (mint has potassium, calcium, magnesium & iron - good for women's bones & heart; basil has vit E, potassium and protein - great for skin) 

Optional but very good: fresh rose petals, lemon verbena (a few leaves, chopped), lemon grass (use bulb end and slice thinly) - all refreshing and good for skin health

Need to sweeten it? Try stevia, a natural sugar substitute, agave syrup or raw honey.

Take a spoon and smoosh everything gently.  This releases the good oils of the fruit & herbs. Chill, strain and serve, garnished with a fresh herb, flower, or citrus slice.

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