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I don’t know about you, but I love vitamin C drinks when I’m feeling sick. Sure, they might not work to stop a cold or flu, but they definitely make me feel better. And the placebo effect is good enough for me!
Let me guess. Your nose is runny, your chest feels tight, and your whole body aches?
Brand name mixes can be really expensive, though, and you never really know what’s in those things. And isn’t that one of the reasons we get into DIY stuff? To avoid those huge markups that brands think they can get away with?
And I like to take these every day if I can, and when these packets can cost up to a dollar per peck, that adds up pretty darn fast.
I hate chewables and I already take enough pills every day. And I love citrus fruit, but sometimes a girl has to give her teeth a break from that acid and sugar, right?
These packets don’t only help with immunity. They can make your skin glow and vitamin C is known to protect against cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and wrinkles. Wow!
Taken down to the basics, these packs are just a few things: vitamins, sweetener, flavoring, and a foaming agent.
But first: Is Emergen-C just a placebo?
There are a lot of products that rely on the placebo effect. It’s important to remember that even if it’s just a placebo, it is still helping you. Placebos are useful medicine, too, and shouldn’t be immediately written off.
For vitamin C drinks, the research is still pretty limited as to their effectiveness. The most relevant studies show that while vitamin C drinks don’t necessarily stop colds, they do act as adaptogens that can help you fight off colds during stressful times. So if you’re going into finals week, it may be worth it to drink some of the powder you’re about to make!
Research has also found that taking drinks like Emergen-C does shorten the duration of colds.
This is one of those cases where there is very little harm and a lot of possible good you can get from these drinks. So why not try it?
So what do you need?
- Vitamin C powder
- True Lemon or another brand of real lemon powder
Making this is simple. Measure a 1:1 ratio, and keep it in a mason jar. A serving size is 1tbs of the mix.
Store it in a dry and dark place. Vitamin C is unstable and oxidizes when exposed to air, light and heat.
And you can add any number of things to make this vitamin C powder taste better. I’m going to try it with some green tea in a day or two.
It won’t foam like the brand name, but you’re saving a ton of money and you get to make it taste exactly how you want. And even better, there’s less paper and plastic waste!
Other uses for your vitamin c powder
- Emergen-C can be used to preserve your hair color. Apply it to your hair for 5 minutes to dissolve the iron and alkaline deposits your hair gets from hard water.
- Vitamin C powder can be added to your moisturizer for beautiful skin. Just skip the True Lemon.