Saturday, April 27, 2013

Herbs: A Place to Begin... Water

Being part of our county's Master Gardener Speakers Guild is a lot of fun.  My program is titled "Herbs: A Place to Begin".   It is for anyone who might be curious about growing herbs or is just beginning to use them. I give simple advice for ways to incorporate tasty herbs into your every day life. After such a sweet reception to my presentation, I will be adding regular posts about herbs on my blog, Stone Cottage Adventures.
 
Watch for the ones titled "A Place to Begin".
 
We should all drink more water, right?  Right!  Sometimes, though, all that water can seem somewhat bland.  Many of us add lemon, but what about adding an herb? 
 
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The herb in this photo happens to be double mint, but really, many herbs taste great.  Drop a sprig of herb into your favorite polka dot glass.  (OK.  OK.  Polka dots are optional!)  Add a couple cubes of ice and shake to muddle or bruise the herb.  This releases the essential oils, thus releasing the flavor.  Add more ice and then water.  Garnish with an herb leaf if you like.
 
'Don't want to give up citrus?  No worries!  Experiment with citrus herb combinations.  Creating tasty water only takes one citrus slice and a sprig or two of herb.

Here are a few ideas:

Spearmint with Lime
Lemon Balm with Lemon
Rosemary with Orange
 
Check out my Recipes Page for other ideas.  Please come back for more simple ways to add herbs into your everyday life!  I hope this post gives you... 

A Place to Begin!
 
;-)  -Marci

16 comments:

  1. All of those sound good to me! I like cucumber in my water. Do you have a suggestion for an added herb?

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  2. Sounds so good and I forget about using mint in my water! I know it is not an herb but cucumber in water is fabulous!

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  3. Wow, what a great tip! Thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  4. What great ideas! Where would I find Lemon Balm? Also, found you from a link party.

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  5. My favorite is water with mint! Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to give this a try. :)

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  7. Sounds refreshing :) Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/the-creative-homeacre-hop-15.html

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  8. I love lemon basil water. It's so refreshing and it's good for you!
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Hope to see you again this week!

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/search/label/Tuesdays%20with%20a%20Twist

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  9. I know that I need to include some more water in my diet and giving it some flavor would be a great help! I wish my lemon balm had survived the heat wave of last summer but alas it did not. I will have to find some other flavor combinations!

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesday Blog Hop - I hope you will join us again this Tuesday.
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

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  10. What a good idea! I just wish I could grow herbs...I don't have a green thumb. I need to work on it. ;)

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  11. What a great idea! I'll be trying this as soon as my herbs start growing!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! I'd love it if you'd link up again this week!

    ~L

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  12. On a hot day like we are having in the Northeast a nice tall glass of water with mint in it is perfect! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  13. Mmmm... All of your suggestions sound wonderful and refreshing. I never think to add herbs or other falvor to my water, but I'll have to change that :) Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

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  14. I have mint growing all over my yard! I love when I cut the grass because it smells amazing! Thank you for linking up to the Merry Monday Link Party!

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