by herbalist Anne McInytre 


Old English Elderflower & Peppermint Tea


A traditional old country recipe using a refreshing, decongestant combination of ingredients. Peppermint helps to clear the airways and increases the circulation, promoting sweating, thereby reducing fevers. Is refreshing tasting volatile oils have an antimicrobial action, enhancing the efforts of the immune system. Elderflowers similarly help to clear the catarrh, reduce fevers, enhance immunity and cleanse the system of toxins.


- 1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh elderflowers

- 1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh peppermint leaves

- 600ml (1 pint) boiling water

- Honey to taste (optional)


Place the herbs in a teapot and pour over boiling water. Cover and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink a cupful every 2 hours if symptoms are acute.  Sweeten with honey if you like. 2-3 servings.


Anne McIntyre

Anne is a medicinal herb practioner and an author of many books. She also runs experiential herb courses at Trill Farm and a herb foraging walk before every course.