A DIY Mother’s Day Tea Bath Salt

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching!!! Some of our moms love practical gifts, and some don’t want the at-home spa pedicure contraption (those things take much more work to use than meets the eye). They’d rather have something “pretty” like jewelry or a fragrant gift.

At times like these, we wonder if we’re getting her something she’ll really love. But there’s something to be said about a homemade gift made with care and love.

This easy DIY gift is something any momma would love to get! It’s all about rest, relaxation and tea! Something everyone could use more of!!!!

But this doesn’t have anything with actually drinking tea…..

oh no.

YOU BATHE IN IT.

This is a tea-inspired bath salt made with epsom salt, loose leaf tea, and lots of love!

side note: how cool would it be to have a teacup-shaped bathtub like this??? #wishlist

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Though not an actual salt, Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate, and extremely beneficial for muscle relief, de-stressing, relaxation and eliminates toxins from the body.

The tea will add a lovely warm aroma to a bath. Depending on which kinds of teas or herbs you add, your skin can also benefit as well! I listed some beauty-benefiting teas for whatever suits your fancy!

What’s great about these ingredients is that we typically have them in our homes so hopefully you don’t have to go out of the way to buy these.

INGREDIENTS

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  • epsom or coarse sea salt
  • loose leaf tea
  • mason jar or other cute container
  • essential oils (optional)
  • ribbons, stickers, or other decorations (optional)

For my bath salt, I’m using fresh mint, dried hibiscus and a touch of Bergamot essential oil!

DIRECTIONS
  1. In a bowl, combine the epsom salt, your tea/herb of choice and any essential oils (optional).
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  2. Give it a good mix so you reach a homogeneous mixture.
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  3. Slowly add it into your mason jar or container.
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  4. (Optional) label and decorate!
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See? Easy breezy!

If you have enough ingredients, you can make one for yourself or another special mother-like figure in your life!

TEA & HERB RECOMMENDATIONS
For relaxation: chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, eucalyptus
For skin health: peppermint, green tea, black tea, cinnamon, calendula, rooibos

For hair: chamomile, black tea, rosemary, sage, cinnamon

Share a photo of your unique combination and creation on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with!

As always, keep on steeping my tea-loving friends…and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Curating Your Tea Collection | How to Shop for Tea (part 3)

This is the last of our Curating Your Tea Collection Series! We’ve cleaned out our teas, reorganized them neatly…now, how do we make sure we’re making good choices the next time we buy teas?

Whether you are a novice tea drinker or a seasoned one, hopefully at least one of the suggestions below with be of use to curating your tea collection!

#1 Do your research:
Before you buy any tea, whether at the grocery store, online or in a tea shop, take some time to research the tea company. It’s important to know if the tea is made from organic ingredients, where it’s harvested from, if it’s blended with teas from other countries, etc. Figure out what is most important to you and go from there.IMG_1581
#2 Face to face:
It’s ideal to purchase loose leaf tea in a tea shop where one can smell and sample the tea before buying. When buying bagged/sachet tea, find tea reviews and customer reviews. tip: buy a “sampler” box of teas to try a variety of teas/tisanes by that brand before investing in a box or tin.IMG_1852b
#3 Cat’s out of the bag:
Not all bagged teas are bad. Generally speaking, bagged teas tend to be lower in quality but some “bagged” teas are still good. Opt for “sachets” or pyramids” where the tea is higher grade and more on the loose-leaf side than tea-dust side.IMG_1020
#4 The price is right:
Generally, the price will be an indicator of the quality of the tea. The cheaper and higher the quantity, the lower the quality and less health benefits it will have. Aim for a smaller quantity of tea for a slightly higher price (refer to #1 to justify spending more money, though).IMG_1938
#5 Less is Better:

Although this may be a bit counter-intuitive, just go with me. Buy your teas is smaller quantities to ensure you have a fresh batch at home. It’ll keep you from drinking stale/old teas later on and in the event that you’re not to keen on the tea, you won’t feel as guilty. tip: only stock up on that ONE tea you drink all the time.

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#6 Leaf me see that:

Take a look at the size of the leaves/flowers/fruits/etc in your tea or tisane. Just like eating “whole” foods is better for you, so is drinking “whole leaf” teas. the best kinds of teas are harvested by hand in small batches.

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#7 Explore:
To enhance your tea experience, venture off to local tea houses with friends! Everything is better with good company by your side!IMG_2273Use these tips to replenish your newly-cleaned tea cupboard or drawer with some really incredible teas and have fun with it!

Keep on steeping, tea lovers!

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Curating Your Tea Collection | Storing Your Teas (part 2)

In the last post, we explored how one spring cleans one’s tea cupboard or cabinet. Hopefully, you were able to pick up a useful tip or two! The one thing that is worse than having no tea at all, is not being able to enjoy a much craved but expired tea due to its lonely residence in the depths of our tea cupboards.

But now that we have rescued our teas from near oblivion, how does one go about keeping them organized to avoid the inevitable? Below are some ideas that I’ve used to give my teas a happier home:

1. invest in a tea caddy to economize space:

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This is a pretty inexpensive tea caddy made from bamboo. You can get these for less than $20 on Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond.

2. buy little organizers from the dollar store:

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These slender white organizers came from the Dollar Store. It’s amazing what you can find there and all of the different uses you can get out of them!

3. Other trendy storage ideas from fellow tea lovers:


Group individual tea bags into groups in your caddy, dividers or jars (chamomiles with chamomiles, chais with chais etc.)

Organize your tea caddy, dividers, or jars back into your cupboard and arrange them along the perimeters of the cabinet, so that there is a space in the middle. It’s ideal to be able to see at first glance all of your teas instead of moving things out of the way to see them all. If, instead of shelves, you have a drawer of teas, store them flat and plainly visible so that when you open it, you are able to see them all at first glance.

Tip: label loose leaf teas with the date of purchase or when the tea was made (a good question to ask when you’re buying teas at a shop) so you have an idea of its freshness.

Next time, I’ll show you how to shop for teas, what questions to ask and what to look for!

Keep on steeping, tea lovers!

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Curating Your Tea Collection | Spring Cleaning (part 1)

If you’re even the slightest bit obsessed with tea, chances are that you may have a handful of boxes of teas somewhere in your kitchen…and over time, that tea collection can render itself unruly!

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My tea situation last week!

Just as we are accustomed to “Spring Clean” our homes this time of year, our tea cupboards merit a bit of spring cleaning themselves.

If you suffer from this unfortunate circumstance, I’ll show you what I’m doing to keep my teas from falling by the wayside.

Spring Cleaning Your Tea Collection:

  1. set out all of your teas on your countertop or table so you can see everything you have

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    My very messy tea collection!
  2. separate your teas into 3 categories: teas you know you’ll drink in the next month, teas you think you won’t drink any time soon and teas that already have expired (usually, there is an expiration date stamped on the side of the tea box or tin)
  3. If you have different brands of the same tea (like chamomile or different types of chai), group these together.

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    Here, I grouped teas with like teas (chamomiles, breakfast teas, etc)
  4. Replace your teas with like teas back into your cupboard or drawer (either toss out your old tea or hold on to them somewhere else and use them for tea hacks I’ll be posting about soon!)

    Before and after!

Tea Tip: don’t overcrowd you tea cupboard so that it makes it hard to see the teas in the back. Make sure you can see all of your teas when you open the cupboard. Out of sight, out of mind also may apply to your teas!

I’m taking upon myself to curate my collection of teas to just what I love, and not have other teas cluttering my tea cupboard. This is my first step in this series to curate my perfect collection of teas. I’ll also be exploring how to shop for your future teas, how to properly store them and what to do with expired teas or teas you don’t plan on drinking anymore.

Stay tuned for the next part, tea lovers!

Keep on steeping,

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Tea Hack: How Herbal Teas Can Help You Stay Hydrated and Drink More Water

I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty customary for people to come up with goals, resolutions, etc this month. But inevitably by February or March, we fall off whichever bandwagon we desperately jumped on!

One of the most common resolutions I hear is fitness goals. More specifically, to drink more water.

Put your hands up if this is you!! #shameless

Listen, unless you’re drinking heavenly glacier water harvested by a burly Nordic god, drinking water all day long gets boring and old after a while.

The rest of us force ourselves to schlep around a gallon-sized jug with motivational scribbles written with sharpies on the side. Some are successful, some of us are not.

If you have a fitness goal that challenges you to drink more water, I’m going to help you to own it from the beginning! Although my little hack I’m about to share with you is not infallible, at least it’ll add a bit of pizazz to your fitness efforts and at the same time help you enjoy and benefit from herbal teas!

Before we dive in to how to use this tea hack, we need to go over how much water we should drink in the first place:

Tip#1: According to WebMD and other health sources, your recommended amount of daily water intake is half of your weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, then drink about 75 fluid ounces. (for more information, check out this article:

Ok, so here we go! Find a water bottle that is easily portable, fits in your bag (no milk gallon jugs!) and would only need to be filled twice or, at the most, three times. If you have a bottle that is convenient, it’ll help you stay on track! I typically use a Voss 850ml and only need to fill it 3 times to make sure I drink my prescribed amount of water. I’m good at counting only to 3!

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Tip#2: If you like your tea more sweet, add your stevia or honey after you steep your tea and before you chill it. Have you tried adding honey to iced tea?!

Steep your favorite cup of herbal tea and experiment with the strength of the flavor that you like the most. Steep longer or with less water for a more intense flavor, or steep your tea with more water and a shorter period of time to get a mild flavor.

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Pour your freshly steeped tea into the water bottle.
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Then top it off with good pure water or ice and enjoy!
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I hope this tea hack has been able to help you stay on track with your fitness goals! Comment below what your favorite teas are for using this hack!

Keep on steeping, tea lovers!
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