As delicious as gin is, we all know that it’s not the healthiest thing out there. That said, many common botanicals are good for you!
So it’s a bit of a push, but who doesn’t want to think that their G&T might have a few, positive benefits? Many of the botanicals used in the production of gin are said to be good for you. Sure, the purported health benefits of any botanicals below probably haven't survived being made into gin. But we can dream, can't we?
Juniper is obviously the key component and main flavour of gin but, as well as bringing piney, citrusy goodness into our lives, it also contains a healthy amount of antioxidants. You know, those lovely, little things that can help to regenerate cells? Antioxidants can help skin to stay looking young and healthy and even improve heart health.
As well as adding a citrus sharpness to gins like Robin of Locksley it’s well known that grapefruit is good for you! Not only do they provide a fabulous amount of vitamin C, but they also contain yet more antioxidants! Within gin, they add a dry fruitiness, that’s lighter than that of lemons and limes.
Adding a gentle, floral sweetness to gin, chamomile is not the most common of botanicals but it is a delightfully, delicate addition to gins such as Bloom. Chamomile is famously used in teas where it is reputed to have a calming, soothing effect. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help ease pain (particularly joint pain) and can be used in treatments for blonde hair.
Light and fragrant, rose adds a certain, unmistakable piquancy to gin. Rose water and oil are both commonly used in cosmetics thanks to the antioxidants that they contain and how moisturising they are, which can help prevent wrinkles.
Honey is a fabulous sweetener in just about anything but in gin it’s positively magical. It's floral tones come through wonderfully. Eating honey, specifically, honey local to you, is said to be a great way to limit the effect of hayfever. Honey also has amazing antiseptic properties (but that's not as delicious).
Disclaimer: Gin Festival does not have any scientific proof for any of the above claims but are big time fans of gin. Remember, a balanced diet is a gin and tonic in each hand.
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