I started the business from my kitchen table, creating recipes to meet my own needs and those of friends, family, and colleagues. Everything has been made by me, for us, and experimented on and recommended by our growing community of herbal tea lovers. First and foremost, my teas taste amazing – clean, fresh and flavourful. Very importantly, they’re also effective, and contain no hidden nasties such as sugar or flavourings. Simply healthy teas that improve your wellbeing.
Our mission is to use pharmaceutical quality herbs to blend delicious tea to relieve everyday ailments such as insomnia, tummy problems, and skin conditions, along with teas which can be enjoyed all day, every day to promote health and well-being.
I started out hand-blending, hand-stamping and sewing bags shut, and began trading as Miss IntegriTea on a very cold, blustery day in January at Stockbridge Market in Edinburgh in 2014. Then I travelled to farmers’ markets all over Scotland, often as far as Aberdeen for a day, holding as many as five markets a week, braving the wind, rain and sometimes snow!
The response at my first agricultural show, Dundee Flower Show, was immense, and I’ve not looked back since – I now pop up at shows all over the UK. Meanwhile, my medical consultation practice was also flourishing through word-of-mouth recommendations.
The team at Cindy’s Tea have included university students, interns, and people with disabilities or in long-term unemployment. They’ve often found that the attention to detail and regular routine of blending beautiful, soothing herbs has done wonders!
We’ve moved premises three times (an old school, above a pet shop, and finally, my own two-storey premises), to meet the growing demand, driven purely by word of mouth and recommendations.
After winning numerous Great Taste awards, and the prestigious Scottish EDGE award for entrepreneurship and innovation, we’ve now re-branded as Cindy’s Tea. The vision is to bring modern herbal teas to a new generation of discerning tea lovers looking for delicious taste, combined with maximum herbal benefits.
Our loose herbal teas and infusions contain whole herbs and spices, to retain the essential oils and rich, full-bodied flavours which are often lost in teabags.
The recipes have their origins in traditional medicine and folk wisdom, with a modern twist. Some are designed for specific purposes (including Deep Sleep Tea, Clear Skin Tea, Awake Tea), while others are blended for all-day, every day enjoyment (Ruby Mint, Lemony Ginger). All are bursting with exciting natural flavours to appeal to today’s taste buds.
A calming herbal sleep remedy with valerian and chamomile to soothe you into gentle sleep.