What are the benefits of fruit infusions?
As the term itself confirms, fruit, vegetable or herb infusions are real infusions of the above foods in hot water. Born in Northern Europe, where it is typical to mix pieces of fruit and aromas with carcadis, lemon grass and dog rose, they are easy to do it yourself: all you need is, precisely, fruit, vegetables and various herbs, to be immersed in four or five cups of hot water, for several hours. This immersion will allow the release, in the liquid, of all the substances of which they are composed, thus allowing to create a concentration of well-being and health. But what are the properties of fruit infusions? First of all they moisturize skin and body, they have slimming effects (because they act directly on the dissolution of fats), they help to improve blood circulation, they allow the renewal of cells (through the release of antioxidant substances) and they have a deflating effect. In short, it is as if they were doing treatments in a "spa", but at a price, definitely, lower!
Which fruits, vegetables and herbs are used?
Infusions can be prepared with different varieties of fruit, although the most common are: oranges, lemons, kiwis, strawberries, pomegranates, pineapples, blueberries, cherries, apples, peaches and melons, but let your imagination run wild by choosing other types of fruit, it is not, absolutely, forbidden, far from it. The ingredients that give a touch of originality to the concentrate are the vegetables and herbs or aromas that can be mixed to give more freshness and taste. The most used vegetable is the cucumber which, thanks to its high water content (to be precise composed of 96% of it), helps to eliminate waste, due to its diuretic effect and is the enemy of swelling. An addition of mint, basil, rosemary, vanilla, thyme, sage and lavender, contribute, clearly, to the particularity of the taste and to the exaltation of the taste.
The most common recipes for fruit infusions
You can create a different infusion with every type of fruit, vegetables and herbs that you want to use. The variety is endless! Some examples of recipes among the most quoted and with ingredients, by far, the most used, to prepare this wellness concentrate, are described below. A strawberry infusion (about half a cup) and an orange peel (eliminating the white part), to be immersed in three or four glasses of water for about one hour, leaving to cool.Other concentrate could be the one composed of lemon juice, pineapple and lime juice and pieces of fruit at the same time, from let rest to transmit a more accentuated taste. A third recipe is composed of: two liters of water, half sliced cucumber, ten mint leaves and two slices of lemon, to be left to infuse for the entire night and to be served lukewarm In short, apart from the well-being that one derives from, one can certainly say that, the fun during the preparation of infusions is assured!
Fruit infusions: Useful tips on DIY infusions and those already ready
Preparing infusions at home is simple, fun and conveys great joy in doing so. The ingredients are readily available, both in supermarkets and fruit and vegetable shops and, if you have a little imagination, you can prepare concentrates not only from delicious to know, but also with an inviting appearance. It is also true that you can buy ingredients for infusions, already wrapped in herbalist's shops or naturist shops, in general, with a great choice of tastes and flavors that come closer to our palate and to our needs. On the market are presented infusions already prepared and bottled and displayed on supermarket shelves, but in this case, you have to pay close attention to the ingredients they contain. Very often, in fact, they use the addition of condoms, sweeteners, dyes, sodium, dextrose, etc. etc., which are not indicative of healthy products. So let's leave aside sports drinks or fruit-flavored and flower-flavored waters that we can buy in the shop and start preparing our fruit infusions!