Currently in Portland, Oregon we are about to enter into a heat wave of multiple days over 100 degrees. For other areas of the country this may not seem like a big deal but the majority of the houses in the Portland area do not have air conditioning since we so rarely need it, what with the mild climate and all.
This heat wave sparked an idea, since it is the beginning of August which is typically the hottest month in the Northern Hemisphere I thought I would offer a suggestion on you can essential oil your way through a heat wave.
Number one when the temperature rises we begin to loss water faster because we are sweating more. We need to remember to maintain an adequate level of hydration, which means you’ll need to consume more water than you usually do when it’s hot. If you’re sweating profusely, you will also need to replace electrolytes by eating a small amount of food with your water or by drinking specially-formulated electrolyte replacement drinks. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration; you should drink sufficient amounts of fluids before you even begin to feel the first bouts of thirst.
Now water on it’s own can get boring so here is a delicious recipe to help you beat dehydration with tons of summertime flavor.
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Limeade is a staple in the summertime! Try this sweet twist on the standard limeade with homemade raspberry puree and Lime essential oil. This sweet and tangy drink is the perfect treat on any warm summer day.
It can be tough to resist chilled sugary drinks, especially in the summertime. However, this raspberry limeade provides some pretty stellar health benefits that won’t leave you feeling guilty after sipping on this summertime treat.
Raspberries: Although raspberries are often referred to as “nature’s candy,” they provide significant health benefits, especially when it comes to heart health. A report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that foods that are rich in flavonoids, like raspberries, can lower the risk of death from heart disease.
Honey: Some use honey as a health aid for sleepless nights and insomnia, since it can lead to a rise in insulin, and release of serotonin. Our bodies have the ability to convert serotonin into melatonin, which regulates length and quality of sleep.
Lime Oil: Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits. It also supports healthy immune function, positively affects mood with stimulating and refreshing properties, along with promoting emotional balance and well- being.
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1 cup water
Note: This recipe makes about 2 cups of puree and you only need to put 1-2 tablespoons into each cup. Therefore the 1/2 cup of sugar will be divided into about 20 cups of limeade. If you prefer, you could also substitute the sugar with honey or add more raspberries.
- In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar or honey, and 2 cups raspberries.
- Cook until sugar has dissolved.
- Cool and strain.
- To serve, add raspberry puree (around 2 tablespoons), ice, juice of one lime, and 1-2 drops Lime essential oil to a glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with limes and raspberries. Enjoy!