Nothing brings summer to life the way a cool glass of lemonade, dripping with condensation, does.
The cleansing and vitamin-boosting properties of lemons make them an essential element for healthy insides and glowing skin. Plus their tart, refreshing sapor wakes up the senses and clears the mind.
The first of these is mint. Just plucked from my little window herb garden, I’m glad I took the time to snap a couple pictures of these leaves.
See the little green caterpillar on the lower left leaf?! He held on through the quick rinse under the faucet. Don’t worry, I didn’t blend him up, I set him free outside.
Mint has a few claims to fame. Containing the highest antioxidant capacities of any food, mint has huge anti-cancer properties. It’s also incredibly soothing for the digestive system and helps calm indigestion, upset stomach and even alleviates symptoms of IBS.
On the taste spectrum mint is of course cooling and takes a bit of the edge off the lemon’s tartness for this recipe.
Basil is highly anti-inflammatory, making it calming for the entire system. It also contains cell protecting flavenoids and magnesium, which is essential for the nervous system and promotes cardiovascular health.
Magnesium is usually low in women, particularly women fighting immune deficiencies like Candidiasis. This deficiency can lock you up inside causing aches, pains and constipation.
Now for the main character. Lemons contain blockbusting amounts of Vitamin C, increase iron absorption, decrease stroke risk and aid in liver detoxification.
Its Vitamin C content and alkalizing affect on the body make it a huge immune booster. It also reduces wrinkles and protects against sun and pollutant damage. How awesome is that?
The last special ingredient is a splash of aloe juice. This is optional as good aloe juice is hard to find and there’s plenty of good stuff going on here without it.
Aloe Vera gel has been a staple for alleviating external burns for centuries. Recent research has touted it as a great option, in it’s juice or gel form to heal the intestines for ulcerative colitis patients and other digestive disorders. But the general consensus is still split.
Some concerns about it having a laxative effect and even interacting with certain medications, makes some cautious.
Obviously, talk to your doctor and get their opinion for your particular case.
I found some pure aloe juice with lemon juice at Whole Foods for a reasonable price, which I like a lot. There are no preservatives or added sugars. I only have a tiny bit at a time and haven’t had any adverse reactions.
You don’t need much. It’ll dull the lemon flavor and you don’t want that too much.
I just put everything in my Magic Bullet and let it blend together for a few seconds, tossed a couple spare ice cubes in and that was that.
The lemon alone is plenty sweet for my taste buds these days, but it you’re more sensitive to tartness or just want it a bit sweeter, you could add a touch of liquid stevia or Truvia.
Have you tried Aloe Juice?
What was your experience with it?
- Juice of 1 small lemon
- 1 Cup of filtered water
- 5 Ice cubes
- 3 Fresh basil leaves (rinsed)
- 7 Fresh mint leaves (rinsed and checked for caterpillars)
- ¼ Cup pure, food grade aloe vera juice (optional)
- ¼ tsp Truvia or a drop of liquid stevia (optional)
- Muddle fresh mint and basil in a glass with a wooden spoon or blend all ingredients in a blender.
- Add a couple spare ice cubes as needed.
- Sip summer!