Dried herbs and spices make a surprisingly delicious homemade tea without the need for teabags. Sure, if you’re craving green or black tea, you should make your tea from bags. But did you know that fennel makes a healthy tea that is also delicious?
This super healthy Homemade Fennel Tea Recipe is made from whole fennel seeds, which contain essential oils that are healthy and flavorful. To make this homemade tea even more healthy, antioxidant-rich turmeric is added along with fresh honey and whole mint leaves.
Whole fennel seeds are known for being healthy due to their high antioxidant levels. Commonly, natural remedies call for fennel seed tea if you are suffering from indigestion. Fennel has also been shown to help prevent colon cancer and help maintain a healthy weight. These benefits are extracted from their essential oils, which is what makes this tea so nutritious.
The recipe instructs you to crush your own fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle. Crushing the seeds is preferred since that is what extracts the essential oils. If you are short on time, you can use a coffee grinder with a similar (but not exact) effect.
Another healthy, antioxidant-rich ingredient in this tea is ground turmeric. Dried turmeric is called for, but you can use whole turmeric root if you have it. This golden ingredient has been used in alternative medicine for centuries. It is believed to help reduce cholesterol, has anti-inflammatory compounds, and can improve brain health and function. It also adds a lovely color to the tea.
Since most people prefer their tea to be sweet, use all-natural honey in this recipe. The less processed the better, so see if you can find a beekeeper who makes all-natural honey in different varieties. This supports local beekeepers and bees, which are in rapid decline. Orange blossom honey works very well in this recipe, but use the freshest honey you can find.
The last earthy element to this tea is fresh mint. This lucky writer has wild mint that grows all through her property, so wild mint was used to develop this recipe. This is an integral step to this tea, as it adds the greenery needed to freshen up this drink. Don’t skip the mint in this recipe!
Serve this tea on a warm afternoon when you feel like you need a boost. Homemade Fennel Tea has an intoxicating aroma that is both calming and invigorating, with a smooth drinkability. Never buy teabags again once you make this healthy homemade tea.
If using fennel seeds, begin by crushing them using a mortar and pestle. Add them to the bowl and crush finely. This releases the healthy essential oils from the seed. Use can also use a coffee grinder for ease and convenience. If you are using fennel fronds from a fresh bulb, clean and dry them thoroughly before steeping.
Pour the water into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once boiling, add the fennel seeds and simmer for 10 minutes. Keep the water at a low simmer so it does not disturb the essential oils from the fennel.
Strain the seeds from the liquid and discard them.
To your tea, add the ground turmeric, honey, and whole mint leaves. Allow to steep again over low heat until the honey dissolves and the mint begins to wilt, or for about 2-4 minutes.
Strain once more and enjoy your tea warm.