#36alive 201: Make A Summertime Sun Tea

When it comes to saving energy and making an effort to live a more sustainable life, solar power is where it’s at. The sun’s energy is the most important energy source for all living things on the planet, and has been for billions of years. It’s completely renewable, totally free, and doesn’t produce any pollution.

As a nation, we’re just beginning to make the most of it, but there’s still a long way to go until we can meet the planet’s demands by using the sun’s power.

One little thing you can do however, which doubles as a self care practice as well as a handy way to save a whole lot of money on boiling the kettle (one of the most expensive uses of electricity!) is to make a ‘Sun Tea’. It might sound a little ‘woo-woo’, but preparing tea this way will allow the leaves to retain their original quality, rather than potentially ‘burning’ them with boiling water. You’re likely to notice the flavour is slightly sweeter, and it’s a great way to cool down in the Summer too.

Method

  • Add tea leaves or a tea bag to a large jar: Hibiscus, red clover flowers, peppermint, chamomile and lemongrass are all cooling herbs, and work well in the Summer.
  • Fill with fresh, cool water
  • Leave for 2 hours, or up to a whole day
  • Drink and enjoy!

 

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