If you’ve got a green thumb, you’re probably very excited for spring. Once the snow starts to melt and the ground thaws, it’s time to start planning your garden and sprouting seeds. Depending on which part of the world you live in, it’s probably much easier for you to grow vegetables than fruit. When teaching people about the Define Bottles, we always talk about infusing your water with fruit because, let’s face it, fruit is delicious. However, if you’d love to enjoy flavored waters that let you make use of your homegrown garden produce, you should realize that there are plenty of vegetables and herbs that taste great as well!
Hydration is important 365 days a year, but it’s especially important to be conscious of it in the summer. Elevated heat and humidity levels mean that we become dehydrated faster even though you’re just engaging in regular levels of activity. Water is also the main way that the body carries heat away from vital organs, so if you’re not well hydrated, you’re at increased risk for heat stroke.
So while planning your garden this year, check to see if you’ve got room for some of the following vegetables and herbs.
Rosemary - This herb freshens breath, boost memory, regulates mood and stress, and stimulates healthy blood flow.
Basil - Thanks to the presence of essential oils like eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol, this low-calorie herb has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Cherry Tomato - Tomatoes are chock full of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate, potassium, copper, magnesium, and phosphorous.
Mint - This fragrant herb can help sooth an upset stomach, cleanse your palate, and promotes healthy digestion.
Lavender - According to Medical News Today, “Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.”
Cucumber - These vegetables may have a simple, clean taste, but don’t let that fool you. They contain nutrients that fight cancer, memory loss, manage stress, and freshen your breath.
Cilantro - This herb’s dark green leaves contain significant levels of antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber that can help reduce bad cholesterol.
Lemon Balm - Prized as a medicinal plant for many centuries, this herb has been shown to have a calming effect on the body, so many people use it to help deal with anxiety and insomnia. There’s also significant evidence to show that it can be effective in treating menstrual cramps.
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