Jennifer’s Corner – My Favourite Winter Warmers

Our founder, Jennifer Irvine warms up this winter with delicious fresh tea recipes packed with spices and herbs.


As the weather gets colder and the days grow shorter, having a good ol’ cuppa seems to be the way to go. There is something about autumn and winter that just makes me want to indulge in the season’s most warming varieties of flavours. I love making my own fresh tea with herbs, edible flowers and spices. Drinking a brew from herbs is an easy way of getting nature’s healing forces into your system. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and I like to keep things fresh by experimenting with various combinations daily. A hot herbal cuppa really energises my mood, so here are a few of my favourite recipes, which couldn’t be easier!



Jennifer’s Classic Recipe. Makes 1 Cup

• 5 small fresh mint leaves
• 1 slice of lemon
• 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
• 1 cup of hot water and leave to infuse for 5 minutes
• 1 tsp. honey or to taste

When it comes to making my very own fresh cup, I definitely enjoy a classic mint, lemon and ginger combination. Mint is an excellent aid in digestion and can relieve heartburn. I always drink mint when I feel a cold coming on as the menthol in it can relieve a sore throat and helps with the other side effects of a cold. Ginger is a perfect spice to go along with mint because it is not only soothing to the stomach, it gives the tea an oriental twist!



Nutritional Therapist, Heather’s Recipe. 
Makes 1 cup
• Make this recipe on the hob. Let the ingredients infuse for 5 minutes. Strain and pour into mug
3• 5 small fresh mint leaves
• 2 tsp. dried lavender
• 1 tsp. honey
• 1 cup of hot water

I use lavender as a way of keeping the moths out of my cupboards and closets but there is so much more to this lovely smelling beauty. Lavender helps relieve flatulence, bloating, tension and even insomnia. Honey is also one of those miracles, helping heal wounds as it is antibacterial (try getting your hands on some Manuka honey – it tastes divine and is medically recommended – great for boys knees!). It is also a natural sweetener, a much better option for you than sugar. This tea is one of my all time favourites. Apart from these great health benefits, I add lavender buds to my bath, which helps relax my ‘mother-weary’ muscles.



Our Client Services, Christina’s Recipe. Makes 1 cup                                                                        4
• Make this recipe on the hob. Let the ingredients infuse for 5 minutes. Strain and pour into mug
• 1 tsp. chamomile buds
• 1 tsp. dried lavender
• 1 cup of hot water
• Cinnamon stick

Just like lavender, chamomile is also a flower which is useful in many more ways than just enjoying its smell. Chamomile is a little miracle because it is antibacterial properties and therefore can prevent us from some infections. It also relaxes our nervous system, so it always calms me down.
The cinnamon will give your tea and your metabolism a kick due to its blood sugar controlling properties. It will not only control your blood sugar, it will also keep your vessels healthy by reducing the risk of blood clots.


Our Marketing Assistant, Ella’s Recipe. Makes 1 cup
• 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
• 1 tsp. Aniseed
• 1 tsp. fennel seeds
• 1 cup of hot water

This tea is a special one. The aniseed and the fennel seeds will clear your lungs and leave you feeling fresh and revitalised. I adore the lovely aniseed taste that fennel seed gives. It aids digestion, reduces bloating and reduces the risk of heart disease due to its fibre content. Aniseed helps reduce nausea and improves digestion. I drink this tea first thing in the morning; it never fails to ‘pick me up’!

What are your favourite healthy, fresh tea recipes? Email me at and I’ll be sure to share the best ones on our Facebook page!