Lemon Grass Tea

Welcome, it is so lovely having you drop by, please join me in our time of tea & reflection together.


I am making my own infusion of Lemon Grass tea today picked from my garden. Firstly,  I have selected two ribbons of the lemon grass that were the tallest, cutting just above the newer shoots on the stem, I then washed them very gently, as I don’t want to release the fragrance & oils that lay within too early. I have put the kettle on to boil, now the process of making the healing balm of Lemon Grass tea has begun.

I wind the two long ribbons around my four fingers in a circular pattern, small enough to fit into my Japanese clay teapot, as the hot water comes to the boil I twist & bruise the ribbons a few times, this action releases the oils & fragrance that has been trapped within the plant while it grew. Then placing it quickly into the pot, I pour the boiling water over the bruised ribbons. I wait approximately 5 minutes (any longer it becomes bitter) for it to infuse. It has produced the most refreshingly delicious fragrance and taste of sweet lemony rice with each sip. I have added a sweet treat of deliciousness in a little gluten-free “melting moment”.

Life can get a bit like Lemon Grass tea at times don’t you think, we get excited when we feel that we have finally been selected & made the cut, we have a definite purpose & direction for our life! We get orientated in the purpose, this may take a little bit more refining but we don’t mind as we are looking forward to fulfilling the purpose we feel which we were created to fulfill.

Then a twisting & a bruising comes to us or to someone we love, it quite often comes without warning, maybe the loss of a dear & precious loved one, an illness that never leaves or the loss of that job we worked so hard for! Or the bruising may come to us from our own unwise choices we have chosen for our life (or a significant other’s unwise choices that have significantly impacted our life), we find we are in hot water because of those unwise choices! What ever the reason we are left feeling bruised, confused & hurting.

It is very normal & healthy to feel these emotions  &  we do need to withdraw from the busyness of our lives & have time to reflect, restore, be built up in both our emotional state & body strength (as one impacts upon other) for a while. This is healthy for us to do, we need to infuse just like the Lemon Grass tea for healing. Jumping out of these times into more busyness only leads to the future eruption of emotions that will subconsciously fester over time if not addressed & spew forth like a volcanic eruption in inappropriate ways & places (as many of my clients had experienced).

But just as the infusion of the Lemon Grass has an optimum time for its infusion, to be fragrant & healing, so do we! After this it becomes bitter & loses its fragrance. We too can linger too long in a place of hurt, becoming bitter, cold & losing our way because of the hurt, grief, loss, pain & sadness we hang onto.

We need to ask ourselves, are we lingering too long in a place of hurt or sadness, that has turned bitter? Do we need to forgive someone (this releases healing both for the situation & for us)? Maybe we need to forgive ourselves?  Or is it God we have held responsible for the situation? Do we need to seek professional or pastoral help so we can move to that place of healing?

Well my lemon grass tea is finished, the melting moment’s deliciousness has melted upon my tongue, please drop by again, you are most welcome to join me.


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Lady Grey Tea

Welcome, I invite you to brew a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, add a tasty treat of delight and join me for a few minutes of reflection.


I have always enjoyed a nice cup of tea, I feel that being able to sit for the time it takes to drink a good cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and munch on a sweet or savory treat helps to still our minds and souls for that brief course of reflection, upon our own lives or the lives of those who cross our paths.

When I was counseling, I would offer a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate to those who sought counsel, as I found that having a time together over a “cuppa” would create a relaxed time of shared focus.

Lady Grey tea is known as a mild tea, created with black tea, bergamot & adding a little touch of citrus. It can be taken either black or as I enjoy it with milk and sugar. As I write this I am enjoying just such a tea today and my treat is a sweet bite of deliciousness covered with dark chocolate.

Life can be like a cup of Lady Grey tea at times, things seem to be mild, not in the fast lane and not in the slow lane but mild. Some days seem common place like the black tea, but if we linger and taste awhile, we can see that our life is flavored with touches of blessings in the common day like the citrus and bergamot in Lady Grey.

A Blessing is unique for each person in what is perceived as a blessing for one, can seem like a curse to another who is observing from afar. It all depends on the perception of the receiver and the onlooker, like the preference for having your tea black, white or with sugar.

Today I have seen that the blessings that flavour my life is the life I have lived. It has been a full life with both joyous and sadder times but I am here to write about it and that is a blessing in itself. As we sit for our tea time together,  I will share the wisdom I have learned through those times that you may find encouraging,  enlightening and flavorsome.

Have you thought of the blessings that may be flavoring your life lately?

Well my tea is now finished and the tasty delight of dark chocolate, coconut and citrus still lingers upon my tongue.  I invite you to join me for tea and delights again soon.


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Welcome to Tea with Jennifer


Brew yourself a cup of comfort (mine is mostly a fragrant tea I have specifically chosen), add a tasty treat of deliciousness that adds to that time of comfort & reflect with me on life’s mysteries, happenings, challenges & wise lessons learned or maybe still being learnt.

Linger with me for a while in our quiet time, a time to smell the beautiful aroma of your freshly brewed tea, coffee or hot chocolate, taste that yummy treat & together let us be refreshed, encouraged, inspired & maybe just a little challenged to view our day to day lives from a newer & brighter perception.


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