3 DIY Herbal Iced Teas that Your Family Will Love This Summer

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The heat is coming and that means it’s time to think about fun in the sun- and hydrating. As families start moving outside more, it’s important to make sure that you are reaching for the right kind of beverages to avoid dehydration.

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Stay hydrated, stay healthy

Remember, children ages 4-8 need about 2 quarts of water per day, more if they are sweating from being in the heat. Teenagers need 2.5 to 3.5 per day and even more than that if they are being active out in the sun.

Signs of dehydration to look out for in children include:

  • decreased urination
  • headache
  • dry lips
  • increased heart rate

Schedule play breaks every 15-20 minutes to help your child drink enough and keep fluids readily available throughout the day.

Herbal Teas for a Healthier Option

Herbal teas offer a much healthier option to hydrate without sacrificing flavor. Many teas are high in antioxidants and trace minerals, plus their herbal properties offer even more benefits.

The easiest way to make an iced herbal brew is to get herbal teas in bags from the grocery stores. We love Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White Tea as well as all the Celestial Seasonings fruity flavors (Black Cherry Berry is a top one for the kids!)

To brew these, we simply throw the bags in a pitcher, add water, and steep overnight for the next day. In the morning, we fish out the bags, add our sweetener, and put it in the fridge to keep it cold. Serve on ice.

If you want to try your hand at making herbal tea from loose teas that you can buy in bulk, I’ve got you covered with a few of our go-to blends that never disappoint!

Here are 3 Herbal Iced Teas that Your family Will Love This Summer:

Hibiscus/Lemon Tea

Hibiscus flowers make a vibrant red tea that is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Kids love its sour, thirst-quenching taste. Take it up a notch by squeezing some fresh lemon juice into the pitcher.

To brew add 8 cups of boiling water to ½ cup of hibiscus flowers. Steep for about 7 minutes. Strain, cool. Add ¼ cup lemon juice, stir. Sweeten with stevia to avoid high sugar content.

**You can also add honey while the tea is still warm as a sweetener instead.

Chamomile/Ginger/Citrus Tea

Chamomile is the perfect afternoon tea when it’s time to calm the kiddos down for quiet time or before dinner.

To brew add 8 cups of boiling water to ¾ cup of dried chamomile flowers, 3 tablespoons grated ginger, and slices from 1-2 of your favorite citrus fruit. Steep for 2 hours, strain. Sweeten with stevia.

**You can also add honey while the tea is still warm as a sweetener instead.

Raspberry Leaf Replenishing Brew

This blend is a staple in our home and I try to keep a pitcher of this in the fridge every day during the hot summer months. (sometimes, we go through 2 a day!)  I brew it the night before and let it steep overnight, and then add stevia in the morning. Whenever we need some serious hydration, this is what we reach for. It’s high in antioxidants and trace minerals, making it perfect for replenishing our bodies after playing or gardening outside. I also keep citrus fruits on the counter so that we can squeeze fresh juice into it for even more flavor and nutrients, but it really is quite refreshing on its own. To make the bulk blend you need:

2 cups Red Raspberry leaf

½ cup Alfalfa

½ cup Peppermint

½ Nettle Leaf

½ cup oat straw

Mix all the dried ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.

To brew: Add 8 cups of hot water to ¾ cup of the blend. Steep overnight or 6-8 hours. Strain and discard solids. Add stevia to sweeten.

**You can also add honey while the tea is still warm as a sweetener instead.

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