After dinner and before bed I like to sip a cup of tea and unwind.  I feel like it helps with digestion and finishes off the night nicely.  But…even a slight amount of caffeine at this time will have me laying in bed at midnight, wide-eyed, ticking off virtual to-do lists while wondering why I can’t sleep.  Then I remember – that 9pm green tea has struck again.  This mint tea, however, is completely caffeine free and is just mint leaves from the garden, dried.  It couldn’t be simpler.  I cut a bunch of leaves from the garden and arrange them on a wire rack to dry out for around a week.  Once dried, I break the leaves off and store them in an airtight container.  I always have a jar in the cupboard and whenever it starts to get low, I just cut some more mint from the garden and make another batch.   An endless supply of tea, grown right from my very own garden – what could be better than that?

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13 Comments on Night Time Tea Time

  1. MadhatKat
    March 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am (5 years ago)

    Mint tea is one of my favourites! My one mint plant didn’t last very long, so for I make do with a pound bag from Republic of Tea. Mint is great all by itself for sleepy time (it also makes a great addition to Sleepytime Herbal Tea, heh), but on those mornings when I’m not in the mood for black tea, Republic of Tea’s Moroccan Mint plus an extra kick of mint is awesome when I want all the minty goodness plus a little wake-up of the green tea.

    • brownpaperbelle
      March 19, 2013 8:21 pm at 8:21 pm (5 years ago)

      Mint tea and green tea would be delicious in the morning – I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Shari
    March 19, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am (5 years ago)

    I wish there was a “Love” button I could click! what a great idea. Mint tea is one of my favorite teas (sipping it now) but I have never made my own. I am excited to do that this summer!

  3. Chas Spain
    March 19, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm (5 years ago)

    should take this cue and have a little cup of tea and go to bed

  4. anecdotalgoat
    March 20, 2013 2:47 am at 2:47 am (5 years ago)

    What a great way to unwind before bed time!

  5. TheGreatZambini
    March 20, 2013 5:41 am at 5:41 am (5 years ago)

    I like herbal teas as well, probably for the same reason. No caffeine! I do the same thing, but just with my lavender. Have you tried lavender?

  6. churchoftea
    March 20, 2013 6:48 am at 6:48 am (5 years ago)

    That looks wonderful. You might have just given me the final push to grow a few of my own herbs.

    • brownpaperbelle
      March 20, 2013 9:11 am at 9:11 am (5 years ago)

      Do it! You will thank yourself for it I promise!

    • dirtbowls
      March 22, 2013 1:40 pm at 1:40 pm (5 years ago)

      Keep mint in a pot or it will take over your garden given the right conditions.

      • brownpaperbelle
        March 23, 2013 7:33 am at 7:33 am (5 years ago)

        Great advice! Luckily mine is in a pot already.

  7. Cookin' Cowgirl (wanna'be)
    March 22, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am (5 years ago)

    Peppermint tea is so soothing and you’re so right about it helping with digestion! 🙂

  8. dirtbowls
    March 22, 2013 1:53 pm at 1:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you, I was wondering how you do that. So easy.


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