How to Recreate Spa Water at Home

There’s just something about spa water that makes it taste much cleaner, fresher and healthier than any other type of flavored water. But don’t despair. You don’t have to go to an expensive spa just to “test the waters” so to speak. You can recreate spa water at home easily and inexpensively.

Basic Spa Water

This easy recipe uses ingredients that you can find year round at your local grocery store. It’s a light, refreshing water good any time of day. Ginger is commonly used to treat digestive problems. Cucumbers are full of B vitamins, which help combat the damaging effects of stress. Lemons have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Spearmint also has antioxidant properties and can aid in digestion.

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups filtered water; do not use distilled or tap water
  • 1 teaspoon thinly grated ginger
  • 1 large, thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 large, thinly sliced lemon
  • 13 spearmint leaves

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients into a large glass container, and let it sit overnight.

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Lime Spa Water

The combination of cucumber and watermelon gives the water a light, fresh taste, while the lime gives it a zesty twist. Watermelons are rich in lycopene, which is shown to improve cardiovascular health. Cucumbers are full of B vitamins, which help combat the damaging effects of stress. Limes have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. You might want to save this one for summertime, however, when watermelons are fresh, plentiful and inexpensive.

Ingredients:

  • 2 liters of filtered water; do not use distilled or tap water
  • 1 cup of watermelon, peeled, and cut into cubes, including the seeds
  • 1 large, thinly sliced cucumber.
  • 1 thinly sliced lime

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients into a large glass container, and let it sit overnight. Before drinking, remove the watermelon cubes but leave the other fruit in the water. Serve each glass with a slice of lime.

Grapefruit and Basil Spa Water

Believe it or not, basil and grapefruit make a refreshing combination. Basil is famed for detoxifying your blood while grapefruit has a lot of antioxidants that can help to repair skin damage. This recipe gives you a nice, citrus-based water.

Ingredients:

  • 4 sprigs of fresh basil
  • 1 gallon of filtered water; do not use distilled or tap water
  • 1 grapefruit cut into thick slices

Directions:

Use a large wooden spoon to bruise four sprigs of fresh basil. To do this, press down on the basil to create a wet crease. This process releases the basil’s aromatic oils. Put the filtered water in a glass container. Add the basil and let the mixture sit for 2 hours. Next, add the grapefruit slices and some ice to the glass container and chill for another two hours before serving.

Sweet Pepper Spa Water

Sweet peppers, which are full of water-soluble Vitamin C, add a surprising taste to your water. Sweet peppers are rich in antioxidants that help repair damage to your body’s tissues.

Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 red, green or yellow bell peppers—enough to make 2 cups of sliced peppers
  • 1 gallon of filtered water; do not use distilled or tap water

Directions:

Wash, slice and de-seed your bell peppers until you have a total of 2 cups. Place the sweet peppers at the bottom of a glass container, the water and some ice. Chill for four hours before serving

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Originally posted 2015-05-08 08:18:06.


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