Cucumber, Lemon & Mint Detox H2O Recipe

Good morning! With the weather starting to warm up a little, the realization that I’ll be wearing shorts is starting to creep up on me!

With our recent move, general school craziness, and everything else going on in our lives I haven’t been eating as healthy as I would like to. I’m definitely ready to get my heath back on track and one of the best ways to do that is to start off with a delicious and refreshing detox water!



Why Detox Water?

We all know that water is beneficial for our bodies, and a necessity to our good health. But it’s also a great way to flush out toxins, and it helps reduce bloating and makes you feel better all around. This particular recipe is like a double detoxifying beverage because of it’s yummy ingredients!

Lemon: Not only is lemon known for it’s antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers. But it’s also a powerful detoxifying cleanse for your liver and a digestive aid as well. It helps cleanse and alkaline the body. If you’re in a hurry add a simple slice of lemon to your water! Lemon water tastes great all by itself! (Note: Over use of lemons can damage the enamel on your teeth, so eat in moderation.)

Mint: Mint is great for promoting digestion as well as soothing an upset tummy! It has also been known to help with morning sickness and motion related nausea. Although for my pregnancies this was not the case LOL!

Cucumber: Cucumbers, a.k.a. commonly referred to as a super-food, are one of the best foods for your body’s overall health! They are a great source of B vitamins, and will rehydrate and replenish daily vitamins while helping the body eliminate toxins. They can also be used to sooth skin irritations, fight cancer, relieve bad breath, aids in weight loss, promotes joint health, and aids in digestion! Seriously? With all that, who can afford NOT to eat cucumbers?


So let’s get on with the recipe shall we?



  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1-2 Lemons (2 if they’re small)
  • Fresh mint leaves (about 10 leaves or so)
  • Distilled or Filtered Water (Don’t use tap water, it’s full of gunk and we’re detoxifying here!)




This recipe doesn’t have to be exact, so feel free to alter it based on your tastes. That said, let’s start chopping!

Before I do anything, I quickly wash off my cucumber and lemons. Just to get off all of the germs from people in the grocery store handling them.

First you’ll want to grab a handful of fresh mint leaves and place them in your pitcher. I don’t love mint, so I did a couple sprigs, or about 10 leaves if you don’t want the stems in there. But really it’s easier just to drop it in whole!



Next slice about 1/2 a cucumber, make sure to leave on the skin for added health benefits!



Next cut 1-2 lemons into whole slices. If they’re small I’d suggest using 2 whole lemons, skin and all.

Just slice it up and get it in there!



Next, fill the pitcher full using either distilled or filtered water. I don’t really recommend using tap water as it has too much gunk in it and we’re really trying to detoxify here!



Put your detox water into the refrigerator and chill overnight to let all of the goodness infuse your water.

Once your water is fully immersed, drink away! I suggest drinking this over 1-2 days. After that the mint starts getting kind of icky.



not only is this drink good for your body, it’s absolutely delicious and refreshing! Ready for summer anyone?

Flavor Alternatives:

  • 1 lime, sliced and 1 cup of watermelon chunks
  • 1 cucumber, 1 lemon, 1 orange, 10 fresh mint leaves (All sliced with peel on except mint)
  • 1 cup strawberries, 2 cups watermelon cubed, 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 wedges grapefruit, 1 tangerine, sliced, 1/2 cucumber sliced, a couple mint leaves


Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, if you have any questions regarding these recipes, please ask consult a physician.


  1. Hi there, this is a really stupid question, but do you have to eat the lemon and cucumbers to get the health benefits or just the water??

    • Hi Abby,
      No you don’t have to eat the cucumber or lemon! The nutrients infuse the water, so you just drink the water :o)

  2. I love this post!!! I started making my own vitamin water about a year ago when my girls needed something for dance competitions and I wasn’t crazy about all the dye and sugar found in store bought drinks. I simply add organic fruit of choice: my favorite is pineapple and strawberry! I add water (we have well water, so I use that!) and muddle a little. I am hooked! I will try this recipe, it sounds wonderful!
    Thank you!!!

  3. Sounds yummy!!! Thank you for sharing.

  4. JG Boyer says:

    DO you have to use a glass pitcher? Will Plastic do?

  5. Dani S. says:

    I use lemon essential oil and it’s amazing!

  6. Hello Erica,

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  7. shreeca says:

    Will this detox help you lose weight?

    • Hi Shreeca,
      It will help you reduce bloating, so you might lose a little water weight, but I wouldn’t use it as a weight loss tool.

  8. Consuming lemon and cucumber at the same time creates imbalance in the stomach, as well as in the the liver or colon area. Cucumber is somagenic and cooling. The lemon is agneya (fire) and heating. It is not a good idea to put these food items together. Some foods are hostile to the stomach environment and the overall bodily tissues. This bad combination causes indigestion. These food items carry properties that are hostile to each other. If you like the flavor of cucumber with some lemon, try lime instead. Lime has an alkalizing effect on the body, while lemon is acidic and will reduce the body’s pH. Lime has enough agni (fire) to help digest the cucumber, without creating a fight. By adding a pinch of soma salt, this will help in the digestion. Eating foods that are contradictory causes deep tissue problems later on in life.

    • I find this to be true. I tried the lemon-cucumber detox water over two days and was vomiting both nights. I’m on antibiotics for 7 weeks due to an infection and I thought this would help. What is soma salt and where can I find it?

  9. Silly Question. Do you have to leave the skin on the lemons and cucumbers or can you peel them and get the same results??

    • Hi michelle,
      The peels have nutrients in them, so I just wash them well and leave them on. But I suppose you can peel if you don’t want them in there. There are still nutrients in the cucumber and lemon.

  10. jessie sparks says:

    Why this not working for me I’ll drank 3 pictures of this detox an nothing happened in 2 days

    • Hi Jessie,
      The detox drink just helps clean out your system, I don’t think it’s something you would see a dramatic difference in physically or “feel” right away. And I wouldn’t recommend drinking 3 pitchers in 2 days, just make the 1 pitcher and drink that. Then you can do it again in a few weeks.

    • Dionne says:

      I been drinking the water since Feburary 2015. I drink like 32oz a day during the 8 hour im at work. But what I have notice, I get full fast when eating meal so therefore you not intaking much food. An yes I have lost lil weight. but you have to be routine with it. Only time I don’t drink is weekend due to I buy enough to last me Monday-Friday.

      • Dionne, This is not a weight loss diet product. It’s simply to help detox and refresh your system. You don’t want to drink it daily for extended periods of time as the lemon will cause issues with the enamel on your teeth.

    • Jessie,
      You’re not supposed to drink 3 pitchers in 2 days. You’re just supposed to drink one pitcher every now and then to help detox your system. You do NOT want to drink it daily for extended periods of time as the lemon will cause issues with the enamel on your teeth.

  11. This maybe a silly question but, if I do this in a gallon jug how many times should I change the Cucumbers and Lemons?

    • Hi Karolyn,
      I don’t “change” them out. I just drink the gallon til gone, then make a new batch. I’ve tried to re-use the veggies and herbs, but they get kind of gross. And most of the nutrients soak into the water so re-using them doesn’t work too well.

  12. Does it help cleanse the drugs out of your body

  13. Hi.
    I am making it right now so wanted to ask whether I should eat the mint, lemon and Cucumber or separate before drinking the water.
    Will it be cool to add in some roasted cumin for taste?

    • Hi Malvika, You do NOT eat the mint, lemon, and cucumber, it just infuses the water, so when you pour your water it is flavored by the mint, lemon, and cucumber.

  14. Does this detox drink cleanse your body of drugs?

  15. Do you have to use as glass pitcher or could it be plastic

  16. Does this drink delay my menstural cycle??

  17. Hello,

    I love the detox water but for some reason i can’t drink it more than a week because it cause me to fall sick as i get severe throat pain and cold.

    Please help.


  18. what will be the taste of this water?how long should i drink if i want to lose 5kg and is min really imp?

    • The water tastes like the lemon and mint mostly. It is NOT a weight loss product, it’s to help cleanse your system. I wouldn’t suggest drinking too much as the lemon can eat away at the enamel on your teeth. I just make this every now and then when I want something refreshing.

  19. can we use plastic pitcher?or it has to b glass

  20. can this be taken when doing workout in gym?

  21. Neema adms says:

    If you don’t have fresh mint will it be possible to use dry one

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