Digestion is a fascinating topic. Healthy digestion is essential for optimal wellness because without it we don’t absorb the nutrients from our food. For a start, when we fail to properly absorb our food, we tend to end up de-energised and under-the-weather. At worst we develop chronic illness. Most importantly, a result the digestive systems fails to delivery what is necessary to repair, maintain and uphold our day to day health. To make life a little easier I am sharing my fennel digestion tea recipe to inspire you.
Most people benefit from a little assistance with digestion at some point or other. That might mean looking at sluggishness from over-eating. It could also help to look at whether we are eating too much of the ‘wrong’ thing or deveoping increasing sensitivity to various foods. It seems to me that regularly consuming helpful digestive herbs in your daily cuisine or teas can be really supportive to these issues.
This is recipe for a digestion-supporting tea, and I am using one of my favourite home made blends. You can find these dried or fresh herbs in good health food stores or a traditional herbal apothecary. Better still, if you can, then grow your own. There are so many different combinations. If you dive in and explore, you may well develop a passion for it and find a unique blend that works just for you.
The herbs I am using in this fennel digestion tea blend and their health benefits…
Fennel seeds can provide quick, effective relief from digestive disorders. Flatulence, bloating, indigestion and many other digestive tract issues have all been shown to respond well to fennel seeds. In India, for example, it is apparently common place to chew fennel seeds to help digestion after meal because they are known to treat gas by expelling gases quickly from the stomach.
Fennel seeds contain volatile oil compounds like anethole, fenchone, limonene, anisic and cineole which have been found to offer good digestive, carminative (a carminative is something that promotes the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system whilst soothing the intestinal tract) and anti-flatulent support.
Not only do the oils from fennel seed assist in the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract, they also contain anti-acidic properties.
Ginger is an all round digestive super-star and truly deserves a place in any healthy tea recipe. It has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes in countries like India and China for thousands of years. It’s truly tried and tested. Whilst adding a subtle vibrant zing to this tea, studies (both in the scientific community and the home kitchen) have proven it’s ability to support the digestive system.
Indigestion also responds very well to ginger and it is well regarded as a helpful carminative. This warming spice also helps stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice. These spices all act as an essential part of the digestive process.
It is commonly thought that phenolic compounds, primarily gingerol and shagaol (amongst volatile oils), are related to ginger’s ability to encourage healthy digestion. Check out health benefits of ginger HERE.
Lemon Verbena has an excellent reputation for soothing the digestive system and alleviating digestive track spasms. It has a delicious lemony tang, making it a great addition for a digestive supporting tea.
- 2 heaped teaspoons fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon dried lemon verbena
- 500ml water
- It is essential to crush the fennel seeds to release their volatile oils. Crush by using a pestle and mortar or the back of a large chefs knife.
- Grate a teaspoon of fresh ginger (without the skin).
- Boil 500ml of water in a saucepan along with the crushed fennel seeds, grated ginger and dried lemon verbena.
- Once it has started to bubble then allow to simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately by pouring through a tea strainer. Alternatively turn off the heat and leave in the sauce pan to enjoy when you are ready.
Check out this deliciously, healthy ‘raw-slaw’ recipe using fennel as one of the main ingredients.