A Cold Tea

Cold Tea! No, not a brew that has been forgotten about and left to go stoney on the side but an infusion to clear a stuffed up, snotty head.

I recently bought a copy of The Handmade Apothecary by Vicky Chown and Kim Walker as I am becoming quite interested in healing herbal remedies and how they can be integrated in to my own wellbeing. I have never made my own infusion before, usually opting for little pre-made bags that I don’t give a second thought to but it was a nice ritual noticing the texture and the smell of the dried herbs before putting them in the infuser. The elderflower smelt medicinal and astringent, the peppermint sweet, and soothing (and hit the sinus straight away) and the yarrow smelt like fields in summer. It was quite interesting that even though my sense of smell has been impaired these last few days, their scent was still really available to experience.

And the finished infusion? A deliciously refreshing drink that really did clear the head.


  • One teaspoon each of dried elderflower, dried peppermint and dried yarrow.
  • 500ml boiling water
  • Infuse for 15 minutes
  • Drink 


Recipe: The Handmade Apothecary (2017), Chown V, Walker K. (http://www.handmadeapothecary.co.uk)
Herbs: Caley’s Apothecary, 151-153 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7SS (http://www.caleysapothecary.co.uk)

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