Growing Your Own Herbs for Tea

Written by Cyndi Roberts

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For one cup of hot tea, use one teaspoon of dry herbs or up to 3 teaspoons of fresh herbs. Bruisingrepparttar leaves of fresh herbs will help releaserepparttar 116272 flavor. Pour boiling water overrepparttar 116273 herbs in a glass or china pot. Metal pots can sometimes leave a metallic taste. Let steep for 5 or so minutes. Strain and enjoy with a little honey to sweeten.

Sun tea can be made simply by filling a jar with water, throw in a handful of crushed fresh herbs, and set inrepparttar 116274 sun for 3 or 4 hours. Stir in a little honey to sweeten, pour over ice and enjoy.

Trying different combinations of herbs is fun. Remember you can also add spices you have on hand, such as cinnamon, cloves, etc.

There are many benefits to growing and making your own herbal teas. Gardening itself is very relaxing and rewarding. With herbs from your garden you can soothe away your troubles with a cup of chamomile tea or make yourself a refreshing cup of peppermint tea after a hard day at work. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Look inrepparttar 116275 perfumes of flowers and nature for peace of mind and joy of life. --Wang Wei

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7 Steps To Milling Four Square Lumber

Written by Dave M

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Step 4: Truingrepparttar second face

The thickness planer is by farrepparttar 116271 best tool to accomplish this. Onrepparttar 116272 jointer it is simple to getrepparttar 116273 second face true but it is quite difficult to get it parallel torepparttar 116274 first.

The thickness planer guidesrepparttar 116275 board and makesrepparttar 116276 second face exactly parallel torepparttar 116277 first. Oncerepparttar 116278 second face is true and parallel torepparttar 116279 first continue to planerepparttar 116280 board until it reachesrepparttar 116281 finished thickness, in this case 5/8". Remember to feedrepparttar 116282 stock withrepparttar 116283 grain to ensure a smooth clean cut. Step 5: Square one edge

Back torepparttar 116284 jointer for this step. Setrepparttar 116285 jointer fence so it is exactly 90 degrees torepparttar 116286 table and be surerepparttar 116287 cutting depth is set to 1/16". Determinerepparttar 116288 direction ofrepparttar 116289 grain and place on face againstrepparttar 116290 jointer fence and make a pass throughrepparttar 116291 cutter applying steady pressure againstrepparttar 116292 fence.

Once you are satisfied thatrepparttar 116293 edge and face are square to each other markrepparttar 116294 edge for reference.

Step 6: Squarerepparttar 116295 other edge

Now that you have one edge prepared it is back torepparttar 116296 table saw to riprepparttar 116297 board to width. Setrepparttar 116298 fence 4-9/16" (1/16" larger then needed). Withrepparttar 116299 marked edge againstrepparttar 116300 table saw fence riprepparttar 116301 board. Now return torepparttar 116302 jointer and make one final pass, millingrepparttar 116303 new sawn edge. Be sure thatrepparttar 116304 jointer is set to 1/16".

Step 7: Squaringrepparttar 116305 ends

I prefer to use a table saw to squarerepparttar 116306 end and cutrepparttar 116307 board to length although a table saw with a miter gauge will work as well. Check that your miter saw is cutting a true 90 degrees and when you are sure it is trim one end ofrepparttar 116308 board, taking as little off as possible. Now measurerepparttar 116309 finished width of 30" and makerepparttar 116310 cut taking care to cut onrepparttar 116311 waste side ofrepparttar 116312 line. Conclusion:

You should now have a board that is 30" x 4-1/2 " x 5/8" with all four sides square to one another.

There are a number of methods that will work for milling a board square; however I have always had good luck using this method.

About the Author:

Dave Markel is the author of "The All Wood Working Journal" He has helped Hundreds of individuals become better wood workers. Visit his site at

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