Basil Ginger Lime Aid

What drink do you like to serve when you have guests?  For many years we hosted Easter at our home. My husband has 6 siblings and my family has been in the same area for 6 generations, so what that means is – LOTS of people.

I figured out long ago that I could really save money if I made the drinks myself for these big family parties instead of filling up ice chests of store-bought drinks.

“What would it mean for our health if we drank delicious, medicinal healing beverages for our daily refreshment?”

This is a recipe that I came up with and people loved it!

Try out this crowd pleasing, refreshing drink that not only will your people love, but it’s packed with health benefits. This is a tried and true recipe that I’ve been serving for more than 2 decades to family, friends and to my students in class.

What are your go-to drinks when the feast takes place on your turf?

What do you think about trying this one?! This delicious drink is great for summer but you can also serve it warm in the winter.

See the whiteboard in this video? That is a (partial) list of all the healing benefits of ginger. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and helps keep away colds. Basil is the great digester; it is the perfect drink for feasts and potlucks, it will help you digest your meal!

One of the best ways to get herbs into your family is to get it into yummy tasting drinks. Do you eat healthy organic food, but maybe could use a little boost in creating healthy drinks? What would it mean for our health if we drank delicious, medicinal healing beverages for our daily refreshment?

Check out this video where I show you a few tricks for making delicious Ginger Basil Limeade and let me know what you think!

Ginger Basil Limeade
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  1. 2 cups water
  2. 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped basil
  3. 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  4. ½ cup honey
  5. ½ cup lime juice
  1. Place ginger, basil and water into a pot with a lid on it. I use stainless steel Revere pots; glass and enamel pots also work well
  2. Bring water and herbs just barely to a boil and then immediately turn off the fire
  3. Let basil and ginger steep for 1-2 hours
  4. Using a metal strainer, remove the herbs from the tea
  5. Gently re-heat tea and add honey
  6. Add lime juice and garnish
  7. Drink warm in the winter or chilled for a great summer refreshment
  8. The shelf life of this tea is about two days if kept covered in the refrigerator
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Hello I’m Kami, Welcome to Living Awareness!

I believe every family needs to have someone on board with a working knowledge of natural remedies if you want to take care of your family’s health for real.

When I was growing up, natural remedies was not a mainstream concept like it is now, in fact, you are going to be surprised that I never even heard the word natural remedy until I moved out of the house!

In my early 20’s I met someone by chance that told me about holistic health and herbal medicine. I wondered why nobody had talked to me about it before and had a voracious appetite to learn everything I could.

Now, 30 years later I've helped thousands of people demystify the world of herbal medicine and become empowered in using herbal self-care in their home to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and protect their health naturally.

For 20 years I've had a clinical herbal practice connecting people with plants and their wellness. I've developed and taught herbal curriculum for UCSF School of Nursing and the Integral Health Master’s Degree Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Stick with me! You’ll learn awesome herbal self-care, get inspired to be more self-sufficient in your health care and nourish a deep love for the herbs and how to use them, knowing you are doing the very best you can to care for your wellness.

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Estelle Skjolde

Hello there your recipes are wonderful Kami but, I am unable to have sweetener such as honey or sugar. I am however able to have Xylitol, would I be able to substitute that or stevia?

Melissa Ruddy

Really like this. Sounds cool and refreshing. My small basil plant might have enough leaves to make this one. Thanks for sharing


This sounds delish. Going to try it this weekend. Any thoughts on sweetening it with stevia?Kr

Brittney Minor

Look delicious! I would never have thought of this combination!


Going and make this now. Can’t wait to taste it!

CJ Huang

Sounds like a wonderful combo! I bet the ginger gives the limeade a nice kick. 🙂

Thanks for the sharing this nice and helpful article.. very nice information.. Thanks again..