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5 Herbs to Make a Tea Herb Garden

Growing herbs in your own garden is the easiest way to enjoy a relaxing cup of caffeine-free and chemical-free herbal tea at home. Many of these herbs grow well indoors too making it the perfect year-round garden.

Once the plants have matured, you can simply use the fresh leaves and flowers, or easily dry them and store in an airtight container for future use. Here are some of the most popular herbs used to make a soothing cup of goodness at home:

lavender

Lavender

It's no secret that lavender has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and balance mind and body for a deep, restful sleep. It's one of the reasons we featured it in our gift guide for sleep lovers.

Just a small pinch of lavender adds a beautiful floral aroma and a touch of sweetness to your tea. Lavender is quite versatile and can also be used for cooking, ornamental display, and sewn into fabric for a fresh scented sachet.

Coriander

Coriander has been used in ancient Ayurvedic teas for detox, digestion, and stress relief. Simply add the seeds from the plant into a hot cup of water or combine it with other herbs for a warming blend.

chamomile

Chamomile

With a delicate and soothing fragrance, chamomile is the perfect nighttime tea. The tiny white flowers make a pretty addition to your tea garden and you will enjoy how fast and easy it is to grow from seed.

Peppermint

A favorite among tea drinkers, peppermint makes a refreshing tea both hot and cold (see our matcha green tea & mint mojito recipe). Peppermint is also believed to have health benefits, such as aiding with digestion. This herb is easy to grow as long as it has plenty of water.

Grow your own herbal tea garden

Wild bergamot

Both the leaves and the flowers of bergamot can be used for a deeply aromatic tea. A member of the mint family, wild bergamot is an easy to grow perennial once used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes.

How to Use Fresh Herbs:

- Pinch the leaves or flowers from the plant

- Gently crush them between your fingers to release the flavor and aroma

- Place the herbs into a strainer or unbleached tea bag

- Steep 2 tsp of fresh herbs in 8 ounces of water for 5 - 7 minutes

How to Use Dried Herbs:

Place 1 tsp herbs into a strainer or unbleached tea bag

- Steep in 8 ounces of water for 5 - 7 minutes

 Know someone who would love to create their own signature blend of herbal tea? Check our garden gift guide featuring easy to grow kits and accessories.

gardener gift guide

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Growing herbs in your own garden is the easiest way to enjoy a relaxing cup of caffeine-free and chemical-free herbal tea at home. Many of these herbs grow well indoors too making it the perfect year-round garden.

Once the plants have matured, you can simply use the fresh leaves and flowers, or easily dry them and store in an airtight container for future use. Here are some of the most popular herbs used to make a soothing cup of goodness at home:

lavender

Lavender

It's no secret that lavender has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and balance mind and body for a deep, restful sleep. It's one of the reasons we featured it in our gift guide for sleep lovers.

Just a small pinch of lavender adds a beautiful floral aroma and a touch of sweetness to your tea. Lavender is quite versatile and can also be used for cooking, ornamental display, and sewn into fabric for a fresh scented sachet.

Coriander

Coriander has been used in ancient Ayurvedic teas for detox, digestion, and stress relief. Simply add the seeds from the plant into a hot cup of water or combine it with other herbs for a warming blend.

chamomile

Chamomile

With a delicate and soothing fragrance, chamomile is the perfect nighttime tea. The tiny white flowers make a pretty addition to your tea garden and you will enjoy how fast and easy it is to grow from seed.

Peppermint

A favorite among tea drinkers, peppermint makes a refreshing tea both hot and cold (see our matcha green tea & mint mojito recipe). Peppermint is also believed to have health benefits, such as aiding with digestion. This herb is easy to grow as long as it has plenty of water.

Grow your own herbal tea garden

Wild bergamot

Both the leaves and the flowers of bergamot can be used for a deeply aromatic tea. A member of the mint family, wild bergamot is an easy to grow perennial once used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes.

How to Use Fresh Herbs:

- Pinch the leaves or flowers from the plant

- Gently crush them between your fingers to release the flavor and aroma

- Place the herbs into a strainer or unbleached tea bag

- Steep 2 tsp of fresh herbs in 8 ounces of water for 5 - 7 minutes

How to Use Dried Herbs:

Place 1 tsp herbs into a strainer or unbleached tea bag

- Steep in 8 ounces of water for 5 - 7 minutes

 Know someone who would love to create their own signature blend of herbal tea? Check our garden gift guide featuring easy to grow kits and accessories.

gardener gift guide

Read more


How to Create A Fall Hygge Gift Box

As the temperature outside begins to fall and the light dims earlier in the day, we turn our attention inside for resting and nesting. It’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy the warmth and cheer of an intimate gathering with friends and family.

Fall is the perfect season to embrace Hygge—that feeling of coziness we feel when we unplug from the frenzy of modern daily life to spend time with loved ones in a tranquil environment.

If the pleasure of your company has been requested at a party in someone’s home, it’s the perfect occasion to bring a housewarming gift or hostess gift as token of appreciation. Here are some easy and creative tips to curate your own hygge gift box for fall.

How to make a hygge gift box

Inspiration

Begin by collecting inspiration for your gift box—elements that capture the essence, mood or theme of the gift. Because hygge is about savoring simple pleasures, our inspiration for this box is pinecones and acorns. We’re inspired by the tactility, organic, irregular shapes and earthy colors found in nature.

Hygge gift box inspiration

 Texture

The first item we select is for texture. A handloom woven kitchen towel offers a natural texture and brings a soft and cozy handmade touch to the home.

Hygge gift box earthy color

Color

Next, we layer in organic pattern and color with muted, earth-tone coasters handmade from marble.

Cozy Candle

Aromas and a touch of cozy

Building upon color, we incorporate scent to stimulate the senses with a green orange & oak moss guest bar. Of course, no hygge gift box is complete without a candle; it’s the easiest way to create a warm and cozy ambience. Here you may choose to select a candle with autumnal notes (or not). It’s up to you.

Copper Accents

Tie it all together

To compete the look, we think of the changing colors of autumn leaves and top it off with a copper crafted cheese set.

Hygge Gift Box for Fall

Packaging

The packaging of the gift is a wonderful way to set the tone for what’s inside. Pairing the gift with a box brings a sophisticated and contemporary look while a basket adds an organic and handcrafted feel. When choosing a container for your gift, decide whether you want it to be part of the overall gift, to act as a keepsake or both.

Hygge Gift Basket

One other consideration when choosing packaging is how the gift will be delivered. If you are shipping a gift after the party, a box may be easier to wrap and hold the items in place for delivery.

Ready to get started? Create your own Hygge Gift Box in our gift builder today.

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As the temperature outside begins to fall and the light dims earlier in the day, we turn our attention inside for resting and nesting. It’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy the warmth and cheer of an intimate gathering with friends and family.

Fall is the perfect season to embrace Hygge—that feeling of coziness we feel when we unplug from the frenzy of modern daily life to spend time with loved ones in a tranquil environment.

If the pleasure of your company has been requested at a party in someone’s home, it’s the perfect occasion to bring a housewarming gift or hostess gift as token of appreciation. Here are some easy and creative tips to curate your own hygge gift box for fall.

How to make a hygge gift box

Inspiration

Begin by collecting inspiration for your gift box—elements that capture the essence, mood or theme of the gift. Because hygge is about savoring simple pleasures, our inspiration for this box is pinecones and acorns. We’re inspired by the tactility, organic, irregular shapes and earthy colors found in nature.

Hygge gift box inspiration

 Texture

The first item we select is for texture. A handloom woven kitchen towel offers a natural texture and brings a soft and cozy handmade touch to the home.

Hygge gift box earthy color

Color

Next, we layer in organic pattern and color with muted, earth-tone coasters handmade from marble.

Cozy Candle

Aromas and a touch of cozy

Building upon color, we incorporate scent to stimulate the senses with a green orange & oak moss guest bar. Of course, no hygge gift box is complete without a candle; it’s the easiest way to create a warm and cozy ambience. Here you may choose to select a candle with autumnal notes (or not). It’s up to you.

Copper Accents

Tie it all together

To compete the look, we think of the changing colors of autumn leaves and top it off with a copper crafted cheese set.

Hygge Gift Box for Fall

Packaging

The packaging of the gift is a wonderful way to set the tone for what’s inside. Pairing the gift with a box brings a sophisticated and contemporary look while a basket adds an organic and handcrafted feel. When choosing a container for your gift, decide whether you want it to be part of the overall gift, to act as a keepsake or both.

Hygge Gift Basket

One other consideration when choosing packaging is how the gift will be delivered. If you are shipping a gift after the party, a box may be easier to wrap and hold the items in place for delivery.

Ready to get started? Create your own Hygge Gift Box in our gift builder today.

Read more


Treat Mom to Room Service This Mother's Day

Still looking for Mother's Day ideas? How about in-home room service and some 'me' time to catch up on her reading list. All you need is a tray, some food and beverage ideas and a personalized room service card (download free!).

This idea can be implemented by kids on very short notice with just a little bit of help from Dad to print and trim the cards. You can either pre-fill the menu and let Mom choose from your sweet and savory selection, or keep it wide open and let her fill-in the blanks with whatever her heart desires.

Simply download the free room service door tags and place one on her pillow the night before Mother's Day.

Room Service For Mom

If you're going freestyle with the menu, you're definitely going to want this card on the door early in the morning so you can make a food run.

Room Service Door Tag

Don't have a tray? Don't be afraid to improvise. Make use of decorative baskets, large plates, platters and cutting boards. Add a touch of greenery or flowers and you've just created the best Mother's Day ever!

Top tip: This idea also works in any room inside or outside. If Mom prefers lounging by the pool or sitting in a quiet room to watch a movie, she'll love the gift of 'me' time.

Cottage Breakfast Gift box

Did you treat your Mom to Mother's Day Room Service? If so, share your pics with us with #PermissionToRelax

 

Read more

Still looking for Mother's Day ideas? How about in-home room service and some 'me' time to catch up on her reading list. All you need is a tray, some food and beverage ideas and a personalized room service card (download free!).

This idea can be implemented by kids on very short notice with just a little bit of help from Dad to print and trim the cards. You can either pre-fill the menu and let Mom choose from your sweet and savory selection, or keep it wide open and let her fill-in the blanks with whatever her heart desires.

Simply download the free room service door tags and place one on her pillow the night before Mother's Day.

Room Service For Mom

If you're going freestyle with the menu, you're definitely going to want this card on the door early in the morning so you can make a food run.

Room Service Door Tag

Don't have a tray? Don't be afraid to improvise. Make use of decorative baskets, large plates, platters and cutting boards. Add a touch of greenery or flowers and you've just created the best Mother's Day ever!

Top tip: This idea also works in any room inside or outside. If Mom prefers lounging by the pool or sitting in a quiet room to watch a movie, she'll love the gift of 'me' time.

Cottage Breakfast Gift box

Did you treat your Mom to Mother's Day Room Service? If so, share your pics with us with #PermissionToRelax

 

Read more


3 Ways To Reuse Your Matcha Tin

If you’ve been a matcha drinker for several months or more, chances are, you’ve started to amass a small collection of tea tins and you may be wondering what to do with them. Using ordinary materials you already have in your home, we’ve put together a quick and easy way to extend the shelf life of your matcha tin.

Using those left over bits of wrapping paper, fabric, ribbon or excess magazines you love to collect (like we do!), we’ll show you 3 ways to refresh & reuse your matcha tea container.

You’ll be amazed at how easy these are to make in about 15-20 minutes.

Not only will you enjoy adding a bit of creativity to your day, reusing your matcha tin is an easy way to generate less waste, lower costs and minimize your impact on the environment. And you don’t have to be a craft aficionado or eco-warrior to do it. Let’s get started!

3 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Matcha Tea Tin

 Tools

Straight Edge (Ruler or hard cover book)

Sharp blade (Rotary cutter, Xacto knife, or scissors)

Measuring Tape

Adhesive (tape or glue)

Tools 

 

Materials

Matcha tin (rinsed with soap and water, with label removed)

Paper, ribbon, lace, old magazines, etc…

Materials 

 

How To

 

  1. First, using your measuring tap, measure around your tin and add ¼” overlap for adhesive.

 Measure

  1. Next, measure the height of the tin just below where it starts to curve at the top and bottom
  1. Choose your wrapping material. It could be left over wrapping paper, ribbon, or even cutouts from junk mail & magazines. As long as it has an interesting pattern and color palette, it will look good as only a little bit of is visible at any given time.
  1. Using your straight edge and blade, trim your wrapping material to size.

 Straight Edge

  1. If you have double sided tape, place a piece along the seam of the tin and press down one edge of your wrapping paper. Wrap the paper around the tin and press down on the other edge.

 Tape

  1. If you’re using regular tape, or glue, simply hold the paper in place along the seam, wrap it around the tin and secure the other edge with a dot of glue or a piece of clear tape.

 

Design Ideas

 

Travel Tea Tin

Forget spending $10 or more on a small tin to carry your tea to work, the gym or a weekend getaway. Your beautifully wrapped matcha tin is food safe, airtight and will keep your leaves fresh on the go.

 Tea Tin

 

Pen Holder

For some reason, we always end up with more pens than we started with and we never know where to find them. Now you can organize your pens by category, color, or any way you choose with your redesigned matcha tin. Swap out the wrap seasonally to match your decor. 

 Pen Holder

 

Succulent Container

What is it about cacti and succulent that makes us want to swoon? While your matcha tin doesn’t have proper drainage for long-term use, these darling containers are perfect for styling your party table. Best part? You can change out the color and pattern to match any theme.

 Succulent

 

If reuse isn’t your cup of tea and you have a curbside recycling program, it’s highly likely you can simply toss your tin in the bin along with your soup cans and pet food containers. Recycling saves over 75% of the energy required to produce new cans from raw materials. Most Japanese matcha tea tins are made from steel, making them 100% recyclable. Putting your matcha tin in the recycling bin is an easy way to conserve natural resources, keep costs down and minimize the waste that hits our landfills. Who doesn’t love that?

 

Read more

If you’ve been a matcha drinker for several months or more, chances are, you’ve started to amass a small collection of tea tins and you may be wondering what to do with them. Using ordinary materials you already have in your home, we’ve put together a quick and easy way to extend the shelf life of your matcha tin.

Using those left over bits of wrapping paper, fabric, ribbon or excess magazines you love to collect (like we do!), we’ll show you 3 ways to refresh & reuse your matcha tea container.

You’ll be amazed at how easy these are to make in about 15-20 minutes.

Not only will you enjoy adding a bit of creativity to your day, reusing your matcha tin is an easy way to generate less waste, lower costs and minimize your impact on the environment. And you don’t have to be a craft aficionado or eco-warrior to do it. Let’s get started!

3 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Matcha Tea Tin

 Tools

Straight Edge (Ruler or hard cover book)

Sharp blade (Rotary cutter, Xacto knife, or scissors)

Measuring Tape

Adhesive (tape or glue)

Tools 

 

Materials

Matcha tin (rinsed with soap and water, with label removed)

Paper, ribbon, lace, old magazines, etc…

Materials 

 

How To

 

  1. First, using your measuring tap, measure around your tin and add ¼” overlap for adhesive.

 Measure

  1. Next, measure the height of the tin just below where it starts to curve at the top and bottom
  1. Choose your wrapping material. It could be left over wrapping paper, ribbon, or even cutouts from junk mail & magazines. As long as it has an interesting pattern and color palette, it will look good as only a little bit of is visible at any given time.
  1. Using your straight edge and blade, trim your wrapping material to size.

 Straight Edge

  1. If you have double sided tape, place a piece along the seam of the tin and press down one edge of your wrapping paper. Wrap the paper around the tin and press down on the other edge.

 Tape

  1. If you’re using regular tape, or glue, simply hold the paper in place along the seam, wrap it around the tin and secure the other edge with a dot of glue or a piece of clear tape.

 

Design Ideas

 

Travel Tea Tin

Forget spending $10 or more on a small tin to carry your tea to work, the gym or a weekend getaway. Your beautifully wrapped matcha tin is food safe, airtight and will keep your leaves fresh on the go.

 Tea Tin

 

Pen Holder

For some reason, we always end up with more pens than we started with and we never know where to find them. Now you can organize your pens by category, color, or any way you choose with your redesigned matcha tin. Swap out the wrap seasonally to match your decor. 

 Pen Holder

 

Succulent Container

What is it about cacti and succulent that makes us want to swoon? While your matcha tin doesn’t have proper drainage for long-term use, these darling containers are perfect for styling your party table. Best part? You can change out the color and pattern to match any theme.

 Succulent

 

If reuse isn’t your cup of tea and you have a curbside recycling program, it’s highly likely you can simply toss your tin in the bin along with your soup cans and pet food containers. Recycling saves over 75% of the energy required to produce new cans from raw materials. Most Japanese matcha tea tins are made from steel, making them 100% recyclable. Putting your matcha tin in the recycling bin is an easy way to conserve natural resources, keep costs down and minimize the waste that hits our landfills. Who doesn’t love that?

 

Read more


DIY Matcha Gifts

Green tea is well known for its gentle healing properties and has been used in beauty regimens for thousands of years. Not only has it been shown to help delay or reduce signs of aging and wrinkles, it’s excellent for exfoliation, hydration and softer skin too.

These DIY Matcha Green tea gifts are very easy to make with just a handful of ingredients already found in your kitchen.

Matcha Mint Green Tea Foot Soak

Quick & easy to make, this refreshing matcha mint green tea soak is the perfect way to pamper everyone on your list.

Matcha & Sea Salt Popcorn

Whether you choose to chill out on movie night with this salty, savory treat or string them up & put ‘em on the Christmas tree, use this matcha shake to give a festive pop of color to the old fashioned popcorn.

Matcha Sugar Scrub

Because skin is porous, anything we apply to it ends up in our blood stream within minutes.  That's why we love this DIY green tea sugar scrub using only whole foods you'd actually want to eat.

Soothing Matcha Mask

Matcha is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help treat redness & inflammation. And a facial mask is quick to make and is an easy way to unwind and take some well deserved 'me' time!

Looking for more great gift ideas? Browse through our Holiday Gift Guides and discover something for everyone on your list (including you...we won't tell.)

Read more

Green tea is well known for its gentle healing properties and has been used in beauty regimens for thousands of years. Not only has it been shown to help delay or reduce signs of aging and wrinkles, it’s excellent for exfoliation, hydration and softer skin too.

These DIY Matcha Green tea gifts are very easy to make with just a handful of ingredients already found in your kitchen.

Matcha Mint Green Tea Foot Soak

Quick & easy to make, this refreshing matcha mint green tea soak is the perfect way to pamper everyone on your list.

Matcha & Sea Salt Popcorn

Whether you choose to chill out on movie night with this salty, savory treat or string them up & put ‘em on the Christmas tree, use this matcha shake to give a festive pop of color to the old fashioned popcorn.

Matcha Sugar Scrub

Because skin is porous, anything we apply to it ends up in our blood stream within minutes.  That's why we love this DIY green tea sugar scrub using only whole foods you'd actually want to eat.

Soothing Matcha Mask

Matcha is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help treat redness & inflammation. And a facial mask is quick to make and is an easy way to unwind and take some well deserved 'me' time!

Looking for more great gift ideas? Browse through our Holiday Gift Guides and discover something for everyone on your list (including you...we won't tell.)

Read more