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This is an excerpt from the Summer edition of Botanical Anthology.  Looking for seasonal, plant-centered recipes, tips and tutorials? This quarterly publication includes over 45 articles from a host of contributors. Enjoy herbal projects for your apothecary, kitchen, crafts, and celebrations.

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Why choose herbal drinks for hydration?

Hot summer weather can cause dehydration, especially after spending a long day gardening or hiking! Using herbs to enhance your water can boost hydration and help make replenishing fluid more enjoyable; while crafting herbal drinks for hydration can be a simple and enjoyable way to support your overall health and well-being. 

Choosing types of herbs for hydration

Three types of herbs help support healthy hydration. These are herbs with electrolytes, herbs that are cooling, and herbs that contain a type of soluble fiber. Electrolytes are essential for proper hydration because they maintain fluid balance within and between cells. They also support nerve and muscle function. Some key electrolytes are sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of which can be found in herbs. Herbs that are rich in electrolytes include:

  • rosehips
  • hibiscus
  • raspberry leaf
  • citrus peels

They can provide an extra hydration boost when added to summer beverages. In addition to electrolytes, these herbs also offer unique flavors.

Cooling herbs can help to regulate body temperature and reduce the risk of dehydration by supporting sweating and reducing inflammation. Popular cooling herbs for drinks include:

  • peppermint
  • lemon balm
  • elderflower
  • chamomile

These can be brewed into refreshing teas or added to cold water for a hydrating infusion.

Mucilaginous herbs like aloe vera and marshmallow root help soothe and cool the body internally. This makes them useful for maintaining proper hydration during hot, dry weather. These herbs contain a type of soluble fiber called mucilage. By creating a soothing and protective layer, mucilage coats tissues and reduces inflammation. When added to drinks, mucilaginous herbs can help to relieve dry mouth and throat, improve digestion, and promote overall hydration.

Adding fruits to herbal drinks for hydration

Melons and berries contain a high water content with the added benefits of vitamins and antioxidants. Additionally, lemon is a good source of vitamin C.

Other tips, tricks, and finishing touches

Instead of using water as the base for your drink, use coconut water. It adds potassium and hydrating benefits.

Try adding a pinch of sea salt to take your drink to the next level. Sea salt is a natural source of important electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Garnish with hydrating fruits for a refreshing treat.

By experimenting with different herbs and flavors, you can create a personalized herbal hydration routine that works for you. Here is a recipe to get you started!

Check out the summer edition of Botanical Anthology for a recipe to get you started.  Brittany crafted a refreshing Blackberry Rosehip Marshmallow Iced Tea!

Original article written by Brittany Gibson.  Brittany is a military spouse and mama of two. She seeks to inspire others and show that homesteading doesn’t have to be all or nothing. She has spent the past ten years diving deep into making little changes to live more intentionally. Her desire is that other beginners join the challenge of returning to the basics in a modern way.  Follow Brittany on Instagram @brittanylgibson and on

More ways to rehydrate with herbs

Curious about more ways to stay cool with herbs this summer? Then you will enjoy these articles here on Indie Herbalist!

Cool down with tulsi + raspberry ice pops.

Try a green rooibos herbal tea blend.

Also, you can add purslane to your garden to make a cooling, moistening tea.

Another of my favorite herbal drinks for hydration is this infused herbal water with melon and bee balm. Cheers!

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