Michele MillerGarden Tonic
April 14th, 2012
by Michele Miller

 

You know how you have all these great ideas for your lawn?

Maybe you make a list of what you want to get accomplished — or perhaps you just know what you want to do and hop to it.

Either way, there’s only so much energy allowance for one person in a day. And the hotter it gets, the more tiresome gardening and lawn work become.

Enter: garden tonic.

When I know it’s going to be a long day and I need to not only energize myself but replenish what I’m sweating out, I plan ahead and whip up what I call a “tonic” (or two!) and have it ready for the next day.

Garden Tonic

Ingredients:

1 whole lemon

1-2 spoonfuls honey

1-2 spoonfuls organic apple cider vinegar with mother

hot water

 

Directions:

1. Squeeze juice from one fresh lemon into a jar with a lid. (I use an empty spaghetti sauce jar.)

2. Add honey and organic apple cider vinegar.

3. Fill with hot water and shake it up so the honey dissolves and sweetens throughout the drink.

4. Place in the fridge overnight so the drink can get cold and the flavors can marry together.

5. The next day when you’re hot, thirsty, and feeling tired, tip up your garden tonic jar, feel for your second wind and finish your project(s)!

 

I absolutely love this drink and so does my body.

Here’s why…

Lemons contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, are rich in vitamin C, and have compounds with anti-cancer properties.

Raw honey fights free radicals and is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.

Organic apple cider vinegar has boatloads of potassium and is believed to promote bone growth, healthy hair, skin, and nails – and even help with weight loss.

What a ton of health benefits I’m receiving from this delicious, refreshing drink!

Today was one of those long, sweaty days that called for my garden tonic. I chugged every last sip from my glass jar.

This isn’t my only garden tonic recipe. I have another one up my sleeve for those tired, achy muscles that come AFTER the work. Stay tuned…

 

 

References:

RD: Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

WH Foods: Honey

WH Foods: Lemon

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