What is an Infusion?
An infusion is a very simple chemical process used with botanicals that are volatile and dissolve readily, or release their active ingredients easily, in water, oil or alcohol. The botanicals are dried herbs, flowers or berries. The liquid is boiled (or brought to another appropriate temperature) and then poured over the herb, which is then allowed to steep in the liquid for a period of time. The liquid is usually strained or the herbs otherwise removed. Unless the infusion is to be consumed immediately, it may then be bottled and refrigerated for future use. Most commonly made is infused water with various fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is important for several reasons — including eye health. Dehydration can lead to dry eyes, red eyes and puffy eyelids.
Follow these simple steps to create delicious and refreshing infused water for the whole family. These drinks are especially great during hot summer days and are a healthy alternative to soda.
Eye-Healthy Infused Water
- Choose a glass pitcher or jar.
- Add a handful of chopped herbs from the list below.
- Choose one or two fruits and veggies from the list below. Slice and add to the pitcher.
- Fill the container with filtered water and let it sit in the fridge for two hours so the flavors can infuse into the water.
Herbs and spices: Mint, basil, rosemary, ginger.
Fruits and vegetables: Cucumber, fennel, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lemons, limes, oranges, kiwi, peaches, watermelon, mango.
RSF Optometry’s Favorite Combination: cucumber and mint…
Tips: The water will last for up to three days; the fruit and veggies may get water-logged within a day. If you haven’t finished it all in 24 hours, then strain the produce out.