Skip the Gatorade (blech) and make this simple Homemade Electrolyte Drink!
Have I mentioned how HOT it’s been in northern Virginia lately? <Insert eye roll from friends and readers in Texas and other places where it’s hot all the time.>
Oh my goodness, Mr. Native Texan was in bad shape last weekend. The heat index was above 100° and he had so much yard work to do: mowing, weed-eating, garden weeding, etc.
When he came in for lunch, he looked bad. He seriously laid down on the floor. Which isn’t the best idea in a houseful of boys, who promptly jumped on top of him. Oops!
This Easy DIY Cooling Spray is helpful when you need to cool down, but Mr. NT needed more than a cooling spray…
Of course we don’t keep Gatorade around, or even bottled juice. So I whipped up a quick concoction to refuel and re-hydrate my hard working husband. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but he was super impressed. In fact, he was amazed at how quickly he felt rejuvenated and ready to get back to work.
Later in the day, I made a second batch and walked it out to him. Again, he was impressed. This is amazing! You should put it on the blog.
Here you go, my friends! This Homemade Electrolyte Drink is easy, effective, and best of all–it’s actually good for you. As opposed to the alternatives. Have you read the ingredients list on regular “power drinks”? Yikes!
Use this good-for-you Homemade Electrolyte Drink the next time someone you love is overheated, dehydrated or in need of a general boost. It’s also great for athletes, both before and after a workout. For kids, you may want to increase the amount of honey.
By the way, have you tried a Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle? Wow! Mr. Native Texan requested an insulated bottle to keep his water cold for hours. We splurged on a Hydro Flask (two, actually) for his Father’s Day gift and he absolutely loves them. Highly recommend!
- ½ tsp unrefined sea salt
- 1.5 cup hot water
- 1 tsp - 1 TB raw honey
- ice cubes
- 3-5 drops Lemon essential oil (or citrus oil of choice: Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit)
- Boil water.
- Place unrefined sea salt in a glass measuring cup (2 or 4 cup).
- Pour water into measuring cup and stir until salt is dissolved.
- Add honey to taste and stir well.
- Add ice cubes until mixture is sufficiently cooled.
- Add essential oil of choice and stir well.
- Pour into serving glass.
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page