Imagine making a drink at home that tastes just like Coca Cola but without the coloring, sugar (10 teaspoons in a 12oz can) or aspartame in Diet Coke and Coke Zero (proven to create neurological disorders and alter our gut flora – source). I’m not going to go on about the detrimental effects of other coke ingredients like excessive sodium, phosphoric acid, artificial flavors and caffeine – you probably already know it.
This recipe is based on the oh-so-well-guarded Coca Cola recipe which somehow is available all over the internet. Like all my recipes, I strive not only for great taste but nutritional value and hormone-balancing properties as well.
This drink contains lime, lemon and orange essential oils which contain limonene – a substance that helps reverse fatty liver and insulin resistance. It also supports liver detoxification pathways clearing us of bacteria and carcinogenic metabolites.
“D-Limonene increases the activity of carcinogen detoxifying enzymes. It induces apoptosis and causes redifferentiation of tumor cells to more benign forms. In animal studies D-Limonene has been found to not only prevent breast cancer but to cause complete regression of more than 80% of existing breast tumors.” – source.
It is important to get your essential oils from a highly credible source and confirm that they can be ingested. Most [cheap/er] essential oils are not.
Have fun with the recipe, modify it as you like, it’s there for you to play with.
This recipe was inspired by “Fragrant, the Secret Life of Scent” by Mandy Aftel.
Get more delicious healing recipes and learn how to rebalance your hormones with food in my book, Cooking for Hormone Balance.
- 4 drops lime essential oil
- 4 drops orange essential oil
- 2 drop lemon essential oil
- 2 drop cardamom essential oil
- 2 drop nutmeg essential oil
- 2 drop cinnamon essential oil
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoons maple syrup, honey or liquid stevia
- Drop the essential oils into the vanilla extract and add the sweetener of choice.
- Add to two glasses of 8-10 oz of bubbly water.
- Serve chilled.