Mmmm... Pond Water Tea!
How do you prefer your pond water?
Room temp and neat? On the rocks? With a twist of lemon? Shaken not stirred?
Ponds are what Nee (my sister) and I learned to swim in. Two in this area were Eastville and Blood's. Both look way different now, but back in the day, they were probably our favorite swimming holes where we kept cool on hot summer days with our family and friends.
However, today's post isn't featuring pond water from a favorite swimming hole. Instead, it's filtered water with a majestic mix of herbs harvested right from the yard and garden.
I've named it Pond Water because that's what it looks like.
Not mucky-dirty-scummy pond water, but pretty pond water. The sort that's crystal-clear and has beautiful green plants drifting side to side in it.
Pond Water is my own variation of a blend I've seen circulating on the social networks recommended by Dr.Oz. His was a specific one for increased energy and weight loss.
I decided to make use of some of what he suggested but alter it to allow for a wider scope with whatever ingredients we had on hand.
The pictured batch has a variety of herbs and liquids blended with filtered well-water that rendered a bright yet savory flavor that's packed with good-for-you nutrients.
It was so good I became an instant fan before I swallowed the first sip.
Included in this blend are (to the best of my memory) rosemary, cilantro, lemon juice, dandelion, violet, mint, sage, oregano and apple.
There are lots of other delicious things that can be included in your own pond water, but, those are what I had on hand.
As the growing season progresses I'll add more to each batch, including things like cucumbers, berries, cherries, sliced ginger, lemon fruit and/or lemongrass, wheat grass, oranges, grapes, rose petals, celery stalk, chili pepper, and maybe even a bit of honey.
The ingredients can consist of whatever you're of a mind to include and have readily available, which are (hopefully) organically grown ingredients, free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
There was no fancy prep to the ingredients. I washed them well, and other than that, the only thing I did was put them head first (so to speak) into the jar to make them easier to remove later. I filled the jar up with water, then stuck it in the fridge to chill. Since I used a HUGE canning jar, we got two separate batches from the same set of ingredients.
You can bruise the leaf/stem ingredients if you like, but for this batch, I didn't. Alicia did later when she added the second set of water. It worked great and tasted as good as the first batch.
After two sets, the ingredients were removed and cut up to include in a salad, minus those with woody stems.
A delicious, inexpensive, refreshing and healthy alternative to commercially processed beverages
If you're someone who has a thing for soda, or whatever else you might drink frequently that isn't a healthy beverage, I urge you to please give this blend a try.
Our bodies are magnificent creations and will maximize any good thing we do for them. This is one way of pulling that off in a blonde-friendly, no-fuss, and little-to-no-cost fashion.
If you decide to make yourself some Pond Water Tea, please come back and leave a comment as to how you made it and whether or not it was a hit! I’d love to hear all about it, especially any variations you might have used in the ingredients.
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