Mint Tea

How to Make Your Own Tea

This sustainable trick will get you in hot water. 😉

Drinking tea is a worldwide ritual for mindfulness, relaxation, and renewal. It can also be a way to use the excess herbs from your backyard garden, window box, farmer's market run, or hydroponic mini-grower. Here's how to make tea a part of your regenerative routine by doing basically nothing. (If only skincare was this easy...)

HOMEMADE MINT TEA (5 minutes total)
Refreshing, reinvigorating, a reset button for the senses.

  1. Pick mint leaves from their stems.
  2. Thoroughly wash mint leaves.
  3. Boil water.
  4. Pour steaming water into a mug.
  5. Place leaves in the mug.
  6. Wait 1-3 minutes.
  7. That's it. That's the tea.

Extra Credit: Mint tea is excellent iced, and mixes well with summer adds like fresh peach juice or coconut creamer. It's also a winner when served hot or cold with a shot of whiskey, lemon, and honey for a simple evening cocktail.

HOMEMADE CHAMOMILE TEA (10 minutes total)
Calming, soothing, a gentle nudge to put the phone down.

  1. Thoroughly rinse chamomile flowers.
  2. Pluck flowers from stems and set aside. (This will take a few minutes, because chamomile flowers are tiny and tightly attached to their stems.)
  3. Boil water.
  4. Place flowers only into a coffee filter or fine sieve.
  5. Put the filter or sieve on top of an empty mug.
  6. Pour hot water over the coffee filter.
  7. Wait 1-3 minutes for water to drain into the mug.
  8. That's it. That's the tea.

Extra Credit: For a comforting dessert tea, combine your chamomile with 1 tsp. of honey and 1/8 tsp. of vanilla extract!

HOMEMADE GINGER TEA (6 minutes total)
Corrective, awakening, a proven natural digestive aid.

  1. Wash, peel, and chop a small piece of ginger (like half an inch) into slices.
  2. Boil 1-2 cups of water.
  3. Place the ginger slices into the water and let simmer.
  4. Wait 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the tea into a mug.
  6. That's it. That's the tea.

Extra Credit: Got a tickle in your throat? Add a squeeze of lemon and some honey for a bit of sweet relief.