Lemons, oranges and limes are readily available in the UK and when they are so affordable, it is a great time to make a big batch of lemon concentrate to keep in the freezer, ready for when you need a boost.
To make the lemonade concentrate, you will need:
- One part freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- One part water.
- One and a half parts sugar.
1. Heat the water and sugar together until dissolved.
2. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
3. Add the lemon juice.
4. Once mixed, pour into cupcake cases and place in the freezer.
5. When ready to drink, depending on strength, mix with cold water.
Now this alone tastes delicious and refreshing, but if you are fighting off symptoms of a cold or flu, herbal lemonade can help give your immune system a boost as well as make you feel a little more relaxed.
For the herbal lemonade, mix the lemon concentrate with some hot water. Add lavender, lemon balm and elder flowers and leave to steep. The lavender will help to relax and soothe the body, while lemon balm and elder flowers are known for the cold-fighting abilities.
After steeping the herbs for about 10 minutes, strain the liquid and allow it to cool. Pour into a mug, top with cold water and enjoy!
To really make the most of the soothing, cold-relieving benefits of the herbal lemonade, take the time to de-stress and relax. You can try taking 10 minutes to practise meditation, yoga or running a warm bath filled with essential oils. It is important to practise self-care, especially when you aren’t feeling at full health. There are many ways you can do this, if you are busy, simply schedule some “me-time” into your daily routine.