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Sun Tea – What YOU need to know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love tea. Especially herbal iced teas in the summertime. They are so refreshing and, as long as you don’t add tons of sugar, they’re actually not bad for you. So this summer I bought myself a glass beverage dispenser and excitedly filled it about halfway, added 4-5 herbal tea bags (use about 1 tea bag per 1 cup of water) and set it out in the sun to do it’s thing! Little did I know what could actually be brewing in my container.

A day or two later I had some people over for a “Make and Take” event where we were making essential oil roller bottles. I offered someone a glass of my sun tea to try and she mentioned it tasted a bit bitter ~ maybe it had been in the sun too long. So I decided to do some “research” on brewing sun teas. After reading several articles I realized that brewing my tea in the sun was a perfect set up for bacteria to grow. However, I didn’t want to totally give up one of my summertime treats. So I read on. That’s when I decided to try brewing my tea in the fridge. I read about how the taste is the same (and maybe even better) and so, I thought, why take a chance?  I’ve now changed the way I do things.

I still enjoy my iced herbal tea beverages, but I no longer brew them in the sun. Now I simply set the container with the water and tea bags in my fridge and after just a few, short hours I have a lovely, bacteria free beverage that is already chilled and ready to go.  Tea brewed in the fridge will have a fresh, clean taste. Much less bitter than tea brewed in the sun. And, most importantly, I know it’s safe to drink!

Not wanting anyone else to make my mistake, or possibly get sick,  I thought I’d  share what I’ve learned.

~ Choose a glass or heavy duty polycarbonate container.

~ Generally 1 tea bag per 1 cup of water is a good ratio.

~ Brew for about 4-5 hours in the fridge depending on how strong you like it.

~ Leftover tea will stay fresh for about 3 days in the fridge.

~ If you want to sweeten your tea, try honey or agave.

~ Mix up your flavors by trying different combinations. Green tea, peppermint, hibiscus, pomegranate, raspberry, you name it. Throw whatever you have in your container and brew away.

 

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Morning Rituals – what are they really about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a morning ritual?  I read a great article today titled  “7 Morning Rituals to Make your Day 8 Times More Productive.”  

Right off the bat I liked the article because it quoted one of my favorite authors. The quote was “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. ” — John C. Maxwell. 

This article had some great ideas – some of which I’ve incorporated and some of which I’m still working on. For instance, I’m getting better at meditation and listening to affirmations.  Someone recently told me about an app called “ThinkUp.” It allows you to record affirmations in your own voice with background music.  It’s supposed to be more effective when we hear our own voice. They even suggest affirmations and then you can just choose the ones you like (or make up your own) and read them while you are recording. Simple and easy. I like that.

I’m also getting better at meditating. I understand now it doesn’t have to be a long process. It doesn’t even have to be at the same place and at the same time each day. But since we are talking about “Morning Rituals” here, meditating is a terrific way to begin your day.  There are so many benefits. If you are one that needs the science behind what makes it work, plenty can be found. The point is ~ just do it!

Exercise. We all know it’s good for us. We just need to do it. Even 10 minutes will benefit you. Walk, run, swim, go to the gym, dance in your living room. It doesn’t matter ~ just do something to get yourself moving. If you can incorporate it into your morning ritual, that much better!

Gratitude. I loved the idea in the above article that suggests we take a few moments to acknowledge some positive things that have happened to us. This doesn’t have to be a long list. Just two or three will do. However, if you are like me, once I begin, the list just seems to grow. Sometimes at night if I have a hard time falling asleep, instead of counting sheep, I will count my many blessings! There’s never a right or wrong time to be grateful.

So, what are morning rituals really about? And why do they matter? It’s about what works for you. I’ve given you some suggestions but you get to choose. Do what makes you happy. Once you begin you will see that they’ll make a difference in your day. When you begin to practice a regular morning ritual, you will then not only make a difference in one day, but you’ll begin to make a difference in your week, then your month, and before you know it your year! You deserve  it. Here’s to having the best year ever!

 

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