Lime Basil Watermelon Juice

July 12, 2013

This lime basil watermelon juice with the rind from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse cools, hydrates, and cleanses, and is incredibly delicious.

Lime Basil Watermelon Juice

This lime basil watermelon juice with the rind from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse cools and hydrates the body. The watermelon rind has wonderful skin supporting properties too, so don’t leave it out. Lime helps break down toxins and is loaded with Vitamin C, and basil adds cleansing chlorophyll, amps up the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agenda, and adds crazy-amazing flavor. This juice tastes like a refreshing mocktail anytime, and is so delicious, you’ll forget you’re cleansing.

The Health Benefits of Watermelon Juice

At 92% water, watermelon is loaded with electrolytes making it a go-to for skin health, kidney detox and general wellness. Watermelons also contain significant vitamin B6 for brain power, good levels of vitamin A and potassium, and 40% more lycopene than tomatoes. Watermelon also boosts immunity with vitamins B1 and C, and manganese, all of which protect against infections. It is also an anti-inflammatory ace and powerful cooling food.

All parts of the watermelon can be eaten and juiced, even the rind, which contains a number of nutrients, such as citrulline. Watermelon yields a tremendous amount of juice, and we push it through the juicer rind and all to reap the full rewards. Mildly sweet watermelon juices well with cucumber, lime, lemon, berries, and fresh herbs like mint and basil.

The Health Benefits of Lime Juice

This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Limes provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in limes have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.

While limes are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use limes in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.

The Health Benefits of Basil Juice

With potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties, basil offers powerful medicinal mojo along with incredible flavor. Fresh basil delivers a healthy dose of vitamin A, blood-clotting vitamin K, manganese, and magnesium. Particularly beneficial for easing inflammation, it helps out with rheumatoid arthritis and bowel conditions. Basil pairs well with watermelon, honeydew melon, strawberries, raspberries, and of course, tomato. A little basil juice goes a long way, so start small, and add to taste.

Other Watermelon Juice Recipes For You

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Lime Basil Watermelon Juice

This lime basil watermelon juice with the rind from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse cools, hydrates, and cleanses, and is incredibly delicious.  

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 16-ounce glass
Author Tess Masters


  • 1/4 small watermelon (including the rind)
  • 1 lime,  rind removed
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil or mint (leaves and stems)
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt


  1. Push everything through your juicer

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse.
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 8

  1. What it the difference between the cleanse and the fast? I am looking to cleanse / detox my body. I am following the 3 day summer cleanse juices. Are there snacks between juices? Should I stay away from vigorous exercise such as spinning while doing the juice cleanse?
    I’m new to this whole juicing thing and have a ton of questions

    1. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this. I have had some technical issues with my site and comments. You can use these juice recipes in conjunction with other raw recipes as a cleanse. To fast, you only drink the juices for 3 days and no other foods. When cleansing and detoxing I do not recommend spinning or other vigorous exercise. Instead, gentle walking, yoga, and stretching. I hope this makes things clearer for you.

  2. Hello there, I would like to ask, would it be possible if I use blender instead of juicer? If possible, is there any changes on the recipe? Thank you so much..

    1. Yes, you can make this in a blender. Do not blend the watermelon rind, and start with 1/2 the basil. Add the taste. You won’t need to strain this juice, even in a blender.

    1. Yes, and it is so awful and expensive when it’s not, isn’t it. You can sub any other kind of melon in this recipe – honeydew, cantaloupe etc.

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