Tea is the most beloved beverage in India and a constant companion in cold weather. In fact, not many Indians can start their day without a steaming cup of hot tea.
Out of the many variants of tea found in the Indian market, organic herbal tea has gained immense popularity in the past few years. One such organic tea with immense health benefits is fennel tea.
Fennels have been Ayurvedic favourite for centuries. This beloved herbal tea has been known to boost digestive health and assist in the treatment of several gastrointestinal infections.
But it is not just the health benefits that have made fennel tea a recent favourite. The tea itself is delicious. Its aroma has a calm, soothing effect, while its sweet flavour gives you the warmth of a classic tea.
What’s more, fennel tea is extremely easy to prepare. Below are the three most common fennel tea recipe.
Simple Fennel Tea Recipe
The ingredients required for a simple fennel tea recipe are:
- 1 to 2 tablespoon (10 to 12 g) of fennel seeds
- 1 cup (240 ml) of water
- Honey or mint to serve
- Place 1 to 2 tablespoon of fennel seeds in a mortar. You can use fewer seeds for a lighter taste or a higher quantity for a bolder taste. Crush the seeds gently in the mortar with the help of a pestle.
- Pound the seeds until they crack open and release a fragrance.
- Fill a kettle with water and let it boil vigorously.
- Place the seeds in a teapot. If you’re using an infuser, pour the seeds into the infuser and place it in a large mug or teacup.
- Then pour the boiled water in the teapot or mug where you’ve earlier placed the crushed seed. Cover the pot or the mug and let the tea steep until you get the required flavour.
- Check the tea after two minutes to see if it’s as strong as you like.
- Your simple fennel tea is now ready. Strain it into a teacup and sip it slowly. You can also sweeten it with honey or give it a minty flavour. The leftover can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container and be used for 3 to 5 days.
Ginger and Lemon Verbena Fennel Tea Recipe
The ingredients required for the ginger and lemon verbena fennel tea recipe are:
- 2 teaspoons of (4g) of fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon of dried lemon verbena
- 2 cups (470 ml) of water
- Put the seeds into a mortar and bruise them gently until the seeds crack open. The seeds should give out a pungent smell. Crushing the seeds will release its oil and enhance the flavour.
- Transfer the crushed seed to a small pot on the stove and add 1 teaspoon each of freshly grated ginger and dried lemon verbena. Then, pour in 2 cups (470 ml) of water into the mixture.
- Turn the burner to high and boil the mixture vigorously. Then turn down the heat after some time and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Finally, strain the mixture and pour it into your teacup. Enjoy the flavour of your delicious tea. The leftover can be refrigerated and used for 3 to 5 days. You can reheat the tea before serving or enjoy it as a refreshing cold drink.
Peppermint and Chamomile Fennel Tea Recipe
The ingredients required for the peppermint and chamomile fennel tea recipe are:
- 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers
- 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves
- 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
- ½ teaspoon of dried cut ginger pieces
- 1 ½ cup (350 ml) of water
- Put 1 ½ cup of water into the kettle and boil it vigorously.
- Crush one teaspoon of fennel seeds until they crack open and place them in a teapot.
- Add 1 teaspoon each of dried chamomile flowers, dried peppermint leaves, and dried cut ginger pieces into the teapot with crushed fennel. You can also add a pinch of cardamom to the mixture.
- Then pour the boiled water into the teapot and cover the lid to prevent the steam from escaping. Steep the tea for about 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea, and enjoy it while it’s hot. You can sweeten your tea honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup, whichever is available.
- Like the above variants, this tea can also be refrigerated and enjoyed for the next 3 to 5 days.
When to Drink Fennel Tea
With fennel tea, you don’t have to follow any rigid time schedule. This simple tea can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
However, it is usually suggested to drink after a meal as it can aid the digestive process. It can also be a healthier substitute for milk tea or coffee.
However, do not use fennel tea as a complement or substitute for medical treatment without consulting your doctor. It is further advised not to take fennel tea before or after medical procedures.
Similarly, avoid taking fennel tea during pregnancy or if you’re expecting. Certain compounds in fennel seeds may increase the risk of pregnancy complications.
Fennel tea recipe is easy to understand and simple to prepare. The tea itself comes with numerous benefits and delicious flavour. Hence there is no reason why you shouldn’t start drinking fennel tea today.
However, the benefits of fennel tea can be best leveraged when made with organic fennel seeds. So get yourself a packet of chemical-free, organic fennel seeds and reduce the health risk that comes with harmful pesticides.
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