Tea Tin Homemade Gift Idea with Printable Chalkboard Labels

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Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - Easy DIY Tea Tin with Printable Chalkboard Labels

Looking for a simple homemade Christmas gift idea? Give the gift of tea! These lovely DIY tea tins make wonderful stocking stuffers and are also perfect as holiday party favors and office gifts. Plus you only need three components – tins, tea, and a blank sticker label sheet!

Easy Homemade Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea - Tea Tins with Printable Chalkboard Labels

DIY Tea Tins with Chalkboard Labels

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What you need:

Adagio Earl Grey Lavender Pyramid Tea Bags and/or Adagio Christmas Tea
Deep Round 6 oz. Metal Tins with Lids
Blank White Full Size 8.5″ x 11″ Label Sheet(s)
Printable Chalkboard Tea Labels

What to do:

DIY Chalkboard Tea Tins for Stocking Stuffers and Wedding or Holiday Party Favors

Place 3-6 pyramid tea bags inside each of your tins.

Printable Chalkboard Tea Labels for DIY Tea Tin Stocking Stuffers

Now download the printable PDF file with the tea tin chalkboard labels. There are three designs to choose from. (These labels incorporate free rustic graphics and a chalkboard background from We Lived Happily Ever After.)

Homemade Christmas Gift and Stocking Stuffer Idea - Easy DIY Holiday Tea Tins with Chalkboard Labels

Then choose the page of labels you want to print and print that page only onto a full page white sticker sheet. (No color ink required!) And voila! You’re done. Now simply seal the tins shut with a piece of washi tape or some ribbon and gift to your favorite tea drinkers!

For more handmade Christmas gift ideas, be sure to follow both my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board and my DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. Follow my Pretty Packaging board for lots of creative ways to gift wrap your presents this holiday as well as my Printables board for more fabulous printable projects and labels.

How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends

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DIY Basic Tea Making - How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends and Medicinal Home Remedy TeasI have longed love purchasing handmade products from other artisans like myself. Plant Makeup (formally Good 4 You Herbals on Etsy) is one such company that is always a joy to buy from. Not only does Jes use herbs and plants she’s wild harvested from her home state of Massachusetts, but she’s also lent her inspiration through her own hand drawn labels and use of organic ingredients.

She even bikes her orders to her local post office. While I won’t be biking orders any time soon, I was able to get Jes to contribute a DIY for you all. I hope you enjoy her how to on making your own custom herbal tea blends and home remedies below.

How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends and DIY Natural Home Remedies

BASIC TEA MAKING . secrets to my custom herbal tea blends .

by Jes of Plant Makeup

It’s easy to make tea, even simply from anything you can find in your kitchen spice cabinet.

Here are some herbs and how they can help you during the winter or when you or a friend are in need.

1. BASIC TEA BASE: (2 parts)

Peppermint– great for cooling the body, for irritated lungs or to ease colds, awesome stomach calmer.

Ginger– for recipes that require more heat in the body, “to remove the cold”

Yerba Mate– caffeinated, “the green tea of South America”, great for the mind, circulation, contains medicinal properties.

(use can also use green tea, black tea, white tea, roobios, spearmint, chamomile, jasmine flowers)

2. ADD MEDICINE: (1 part total- choose one or a combo)

Orange Peels or Lemon Peels– heating, rich in vitamin C.

Hibiscus Flowers– heating, rich in vitamin C, turns the tea purple, helps “dry” the lungs of too much mucus.

Marshmallow root– cooling, “wet”, adds a coat of mucilage if you have a dry cold, cough, throat.

Gingko Leaves– heating, “the great circulator”, helps to move blood flow in the body.

Eucalyptus– heating, soothing vapors!

Back yard Medicine:

The following herbs I have used for helping colds and sore throats that can easily grow in a summer garden. It’s amazing medicine containing antibacterials, antimicrobials, etc: thyme, lemon balm, mints, hyssop, feverfew (a great cold fighter, use very little amounts), dandelion leaves (great cleanser, lots of vitamins and minerals), sage and catnip.

Kitchen Cabinet Medicine:

Any spice used can greatly help a cold, move menstruation, and help digestion of course!

I used a blend of rosemary leaves, lemon balm, cayenne to help someone with cramps and it worked!

Cayenne– heating, great expectorant if you have a stuffy nose, also an amazing antibacterial so it can purify the body when you have a cold or sore throat.

Any of these spices if just a touch added can help move a cold out of the body: cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, fennel, etc.

3. ADD ROOTS: (½ to 1 part) roots are great for strength, help you cleanse, and or adjust to stress.

Eleuthero Root– (Siberian ginseng) great strength builder, helps adjust you to winter conditions and stress, was used in Japan after atomic bombings to help people recover.

Echinacea Root– great to help boost immunity right before you think you’re getting a cold.

Dandelion Root– a great overall cleanse for the kidneys and liver. I think for the entire body!

4. ADD SWEETNESS (optional): (a pinch)

Stevia Leaf– natural sweetener, 400 times sweeter than sugar, use only a half centimeter of leaf per cup, experiment and have fun, stevia is known to balance blood sugar levels and help diabetes.

Licorice Root– yummy sweetener, adds mucilage if you have dry conditions. Don’t use too much of this one either.

Or add Raw Honey!

BREWING: Boil fresh water, remove water from heat, pour into cup of herbs (I use a heaping teaspoon per serving), steep with cup covered for about 10 minutes, about 4 with the green tea family.

Quick Remedy if you don’t have an Apothecary:

Sore Throats or Colds- Chopped fresh ginger root simmered in a pot of water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add a teaspoon of honey, half a lemon, and a pinch of cayenne per serving. You can also just use regular black or green tea instead of ginger.

love, Jes

Good 4 You Herbals - Natural handmade herbal salves, lip balms, floral waters and wild herbs

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Natural Allergy Relief from Stinging Nettles

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Stinging Nettle Leaf Can Help with Allergies and Also Aid In Treating Other Illnesses and Conditions - Natural Herbal Home Remedy for AllergiesAllergy season seems to be especially bad this spring with more and more people suffering from allergies even while on allergy medications that are supposed to block symptoms and offer relief. So I decided to do a little bit of research to find alternative methods that are said to offer relief from seasonal allergies. One particularly interesting home remedy that I discovered and plan to try is stinging nettles. Nettle leaves can be steamed and eaten in salads and pastas or used in teas. Folklore has long praised their healing powers. Due to the natural composition of nettle, drinking stinging nettle tea can actually relieve allergic reactions to common pollen as well as relieve hives caused by allergic reactions to plants. Stinging nettles tea is often used to treat respiratory and urinary problems as well as aid in the recovery of conditions such as eczema, asthma, sinusitis and rhinitis and can help to diminish susceptibility to the common cold.

To create a tea comprised of stinging nettle leaves, prepare as you would any other herbal or loose leaf tea and pour 6-8 oz. of boiling water over one Tablespoon of dried organic nettle leaves. Allow to steep 10-15 minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy. To create an infusion, boil one quart of water and pour over 1oz. of dried nettle leaves allowing to steep four hours to overnight, then strain and consume. Alternately, you can also purchase a natural nettle extract made with a 2:1 ratio from fresh nettle leaves. Or you can buy nettle leaf capsules if you dislike the taste of stinging nettle.

Even more interesting than helping to reduce nasal allergies, is the assumption that nettles can also help to naturally prevent osteoporosis. It’s believed that the silicone naturally present in stinging nettle helps to increase bone density. Crafting a hand blended tea using equal parts horsetail, oat straw, alfalfa and stinging nettle and drinking a cup everyday can offer preventative care. Simply steep one Tablespoon of blended herbs in 6-8 oz. of boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes, strain, sweeten if desired – I love the natural sweetness of the stevia plant – and drink.

Overall however, nettle leaves are rich in nutrients our bodies need and contain many essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Nettle is approved by the German Commission E for internal and external use in the support of inflammation. It is prized for it’s diuretic properties and it’s support of the lower urinary tract and can help to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. However, as with any herb, you should avoid stinging nettles if pregnant. As stinging nettle does act as a diuretic and can lower blood pressure, you should consult a doctor before using stinging nettle if you are taking diuretics or other drugs meant to lower blood pressure.

Also be sure to try my natural home remedy for nasal congestion by crafting your own natural Breathe Easier Salve.

What are some of your favorite natural home remedies for allergies and nasal congestion that you find really do work?

My Memorial Day Weekend

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Scott Watering the GardenScott is watering the garden again today. He’s been faithfully watering the garden by buckets since there’s no hose or outside water faucet on the days the ground gets dry. Luckily we’ve had some good rain so far this spring and it’s supposed to be a rather wet summer since this can get a little tedious and I seem to keep having him add an extra row here and there. Right now we have tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers planted. I also have a row of organic Summer Bibb Lettuce seeds from Cubits planted in the ground and in a large pot along with some Basil and Calendula. Scott still has one more row to sow so I can plant my mix of organic Heirloom carrot seeds from Cubits.

I spent a lot of time outdoors yesterday cleaning up both the front and back yards. We rent and this is only the start of our second year here – and our first with any sort of extra income – so we’re just now getting the yard to our liking. I don’t have hedge trimmers yet – I spent money on a weed eater and an a/c unit – so I trimmed trees with my hands and a pair of craft scissors – which was surprisingly effective. I also spent a lot of time pulling up Virginia creeper out of the ground and off the fence. While it looks a lot better, it did send my allergies into overdrive so I’m nursing a sore throat today.

If you’re allergies are giving you fits as well – even with medication like mine – there are some natural home remedies that can help. One of my favorites since I have a variety of herbs planted out front is to drink peppermint tea. The peppermint oil acts as a natural decongestant. Simply add 1/2 ounce of dried organic peppermint leaves to a one quart jar then fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water. Steep for five minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy.

And since we’re on the topic of gardens, dirt and mud, I am offering 50% off my new Rose Body & Facial Mud for Memorial Day weekend! Just enter coupon code: FLASHMUD at checkout and receive half off every jar of Rose Body & Facial Mud you purchase from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen through Memorial Day. (Coupon code expires 5/27/13 at 11:59pm EST.)

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Scott and I will be going out to buy a small charcoal grill today so we can enjoy some grilled bratwurst and burgers purchased on the market this weekend from a local farmer.

Things I Love Lately

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I’ve made lots of new discoveries of fabulous products lately. Here are just a handful of my many latest favorite that I thought deserved some love.
Limited Edition Birchbox - From the Garden

From the Garden Birchbox – Birchbox is a nifty site for those of us that love to try new products. You can get a monthly box subscription for just $10 a month that includes trial-sized samples from both well-known brands and emerging gems for everything from beauty products to home and garden. There’s currently a four week waiting list for the women’s monthly box and a two week waiting list for the men’s.However, in the meantime, you can browse their shop and even pick up their limited edition From the Garden Birchbox filled with seasonal picks. It’s an $89 value available for just $32. I purchased this exclusive box for myself and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. I’m also on the waiting list.

They also offer free shipping on products from the current month’s box, free shipping on full size product orders of $50 or more, free returns within 90 days of purchase and free samples and gifts from their bonus shop.

Adagio Thai Chai Tea – It wasn’t that long ago that I purchase a 40 oz. glass pitcher from Adagio Teas along with some Mango Iced Tea pouches when they were offering a special bundle at a reduced price. You simply add one iced tea pouch to the pitcher, fill with cold water and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, you have delicious iced tea with almost no work. This has now become my new favorite way to make tea especially since the fibro can make some of the simplest task one of the worst chores.However, you aren’t restricted to their iced tea pouches. You can use any tea you like. I’ve done with with other teas from Adagio that aren’t offered in the iced tea sized pouches as well as teas from other brands. If you buy the 40oz. (4 cup) glass pitcher, simply use four tea bags and allow to “steep” overnight removing the tea bags the following morning. For a plastic quart sized pitcher, use eight tea bags.

Love iced chai? I’m particularly fond of Adagio’s Thai Chai Tea (pictured.) I simply put four tea bags in my 40 oz. pitcher, fill with water and leave overnight. The following morning I fill my glass water bottle three fourths of the way with tea, add a dash of half and half, and a little bit of sugar, then shake. Then I take it with me to work for lunch!

I love that Adagio offers free shipping on orders of $49 or more or the option of low flat rate shipping of just $3.75 for all other orders. Shipping is always super quick and they also offer a rewards program where you can earn points toward free gift certificates.

Eco Friendly Reusable Snack & Sandwich Bag Set from Colorful House – If you’ve been looking for more ways to go green then I recommend the handmade reusable snack and sandwich bags from Colorful House. The color combinations of these cotton bags are modern and all grown up and the inner water resistant ripstop nylon shell keeps food fresh for lunch. Colorful House also sells super cute children’s stuffed toys – including stuffed Dachshunds! – and children’s room decor.

I also love the affordable unpaper cloth napkins from Little Green Nest.

Divide and Conquer Purse OrganizerDivide and Conquer sells an entire line of brilliant handmade purse organizers in all shapes and sizes to keep the purse digging to a minimum. I think these are especially brilliant for busy moms who carry everything for those “just in case” moments and fashionistas who like to have their beauty products handy at all times.

For more of my favorite finds, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!