In my refrigerator you will almost always find a pitcher of herbal water- either parsley, basil, mint, or rosemary -depending on how I really feel. This past hot Summer it was a great way to stay hydrated while adding some health benefits to my water. Here are my favorites and why. Start with purified water to enhance the flavors.
Ginger- have almost a peppery flavor but if you love ginger then go ahead and add a pinkie size piece or more to a pitcher of water. It's perfect for days when you are nauseous , gassy or have an upset stomach. For added strength crush or slice the ginger and leave in a bottle in the refrigerator.
Basil- regular or Thai basil are both good choices. Basil has a calming effect and is great for calming stress, is a source of iron, and maybe perfect during that time of the month. I prefer organic, from my own garden or a local farmers market. You certainly don't have to purchase organic basil but be sure you wash it well in water or add 2 drops of vinegar to wash then rinse. Three - Four leaves are a good start. Add strawberries, mint, or cucumbers for more flavor.
Rosemary- this herb grows almost everywhere. It is a strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and brain boosting components. If you are feeling a bit under the weather or fighting a cold 1 sprig the size of your index finger may be great in your water. Watch out though- this herb takes a bit getting used to. Add strawberries for a more mellow taste.
Parsley- is very mild tasting. Parsley is an excellent of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron. In an infused water it can also help calm indigestion, stomach cramps, bloating, and nausea. Slices of lemon may compliment this taste. Chew on a few leaves at the bottom of the glass.
You can be feeling just fine and drink herb infused water or just maybe needing a change in taste without adding calories. Kids may not go for all the flavors in herb infused water but they may be willing to do it with orange slices.