It has been about a year since I stop drinking diet coke. I used to drink one in the morning (instead of coffee, it was diet coke for me). I just decided it was time to stop. After that I drank a lot more water. I also started making ginger beer. I was already drinking a cup or two of green tea each day, now I have added loose tea back into the daily routing.
I have added some loose teas to the cupboard including;
- Pure Ceylon
- Earl Grey
- Irish Breakfast
- English Breakfast
- Orange Pekoe
I have drank many different types of tea over the years, mostly in individual tea bags. I am trying to get away from buying the tea bags in an effort to reduce the amount of packaging that comes through our door. I know the box the tea comes in can be recycled and the tea bags always go into the compost pile. By buying loose tea I can also control where the tea came from and how fresh it is.
I am re-using some loose tea tins that my mom used when I was growing up. I have had them for a number of years and now they are going back to being used for loose tea again.
I like keeping glass jars around for storing different herbs and foods. The glass jars I use to store the Earl Grey and Pure Ceylon tea (in the first photo) originally had olives in them.
Those jars are the perfect size for storing so many things – herbs, spices, seeds.
I am also experimenting with herbal tea. It is neat to be able to use dried herbs and make interesting combinations for herbal tea. By combining peppermint, rosemary and chamomile I get a refreshing blend. Lemon balm on its own create a nice fresh tea. Over at Sense of Home you can read about Lemon Balm and how to make a Lemon Balm Tea for sore throat relief. What about a Ginger & Turmeric Tea mentioned over at Towards Sustainability. I haven’t tried this one yet, but the Thyme, Sage, and Peppermint Tea mentioned over at Pollinators on the Brain sounds quite nice.
Herbal tea are so easy to make. You can use fresh picked herb or dried herbs. The combinations are endless.
Sources for tea (and other things)