Lavender & Fennel Herbal Tea

September 7, 2020mayurisjikoni
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EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #263 HERBAL AND HEALTH 

RECIPE: LAVENDER & FENNEL HERBAL TEA

What is Lavender &Fennel Herbal Tea?

Its a home made infused herbal tea whereby I’ve added culinary lavender buds, some fennel seeds, organic rose petals and mint to create a comforting and sleep inducing herbal tea.

What is a Herbal Tea?

Also known as tisane (pronounces as tee- zaen), herbal teas are beverages. The concoction or infusion is prepared by adding natural ingredients to hot water. In reality, Herbal Teas are not ‘true’ teas as no tea leaves, black, green or white are used to prepare it. However, these days we find that natural ingredients like flowers, herbs, spices, etc are paired with green tea and they are labelled as herbal tea. These herbal teas are prepared with a perfect balance of the natural ingredients.

What Ingredients can be used to prepare herbal tea?

Fresh or Dried Flowers 

like rose, chamomile, lavender, chrysanthemum, butterfly pea flower, hibiscus, lime blossom, dandelion, borage, marigold, moringa flowers, are a few examples.

Roots 

ginger, turmeric, ashwagandha, licorice, dandelion root, maca (Peruvian ginseng), ginseng, sarsaparilla are some of the roots I know.

Leaves 

mint, tulsi, basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, catnip, fennel, lemongrass, lemon balm, sage, stevia, coriander, olive leaf, eucalyptus, pandan, neem, tea, etc

Berries 

strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, goji, juniper berries, elderberry, turkey berry, hawthorn berries, cranberries, redcurrant, sumac etc.

Spices 

cinnamon, clove, cardamom, saffron, fennel seeds, dill seeds, caraway seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds, coriander, vanilla, fenugreek

Peels

dried orange, lemon and lime peels, etc

Fruits 

bael, lemon, orange, passion fruit, mango, apple, pear, above mentioned berries, etc

Beans/Grains 

coffee beans, cocoa nibs, barley, millet, wheat.

FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group

This week for our 263rd theme, Aruna suggested that we make herbal tea or concoctions(kadha) that are good for health. Immediately, I thought I want to share a herbal tea that is helping me during this Covid Pandemic time. Many worry about coughs and colds and accordingly have concoctions to combat it but mental health is fast becoming an issue when people are cooped up at home. I’ve started drinking lavender & fennel tea every day before bedtime and its helping me immensely.

Aruna blogs at Vasus Veg Kitchen. Her blog is a treasure trove of dishes from Andhra Pradesh. Her recent Chocolate and Custard Jelly Cake is what I’d love to try out. The dessert looks so tempting.

 

Grandma’s Nuska – Grandma’s remedies

India is pretty famous for having a herbal solution for every ailment. Whether some work or not, these grandmother’s herbal concoctions do not harm as they are made from natural ingredients. Obviously, organic ones are best. By that I mean free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

I’ve grown up having haldi ka doodh or turmeric milk for colds and coughs. Don’t think there is an Indian home without their version of this famous herbal preparation.

Ajwain water for tummy aches with a pinch of asafetida – ajwain is boiled in water, allowed to cool till its warm. Add a pinch of asafetida. Drinking this mixture helps to settle the tummy and gets rid of bloodiness.

Fenugreek tea for menstrual cramps or backaches. Fenugreek seeds are soaked overnight in water. Drink the tea with the seeds first thing in the morning.

Tulsi Tea – Fresh Tulsi leaves are boiled in water. Fresh turmeric or turmeric powder and pepper is added to the boiling water. Strain the mixture and sip it will its still hot. Tulsi tea is good for coughs.

Neem Tea – Whenever we fell sick my MIL (Nunu) would get some neem leaves, boil them for 5-10 minutes and allow the leaves to infuse till the mixture cools down. The liquid is strained, some honey is added and its drunk like a shot.. down it in one gulp as its really bitter. Neem Tea gets rid of any tummy bugs, reduces fever and is very good for diabetics.

Try out Aruna’s Immunity boosting Ginger and Lemon Green Tea

Lemongrass Fruity Tea – is good when you have cold and cough, helps to boost metabolism and is good for digestion.

Kadha or Herbal Spicy Tea – for coughs, colds and flu.

My Sleep Pattern

The whole issue of being cooped up at home because of the Covid Pandemic, the boring routine life have recently been affecting my sleep pattern. I’ve tried warm milk with turmeric, tried counting sheep, tried Nidra yoga, meditation, soothing music, but I get up within a few minutes. Its literally like taking a catnap! Then the whole night I’m tossing and turning. When its time for the world to wake up I want to curl up and go to sleep. As suggested by my family, have the occasional glass of red wine, but doesn’t work. I had to break this erratic behavior and so for the past three weeks have been enjoying Lavender and Fennel Tea. While the tea is still hot, I take in the aroma and then sip. Its better than getting hooked onto sleeping pills. I sip on the hot infusion and feel so relaxed.

Is Lavender & Fennel Tea helping?

Don’t know whether its the whole idea of sipping  hot herbal tea, or its the lavender and fennel doing their job, I find myself more relaxed and the brain has stopped working overtime at night. Sleep patterns are slowing changing so I will continue with this herbal tea. However, only snag is that now I’m running out of lavender buds.

Ingredients required for Lavender & Fennel Tea 

Lavender Buds – make sure you use the culinary ones.  Don’t add too much otherwise your herbal tea will taste like soap! Lavender helps to improve mood as it helps with anxiety, depression and fatigue. It has the ability to calm the mind.

Fennel Seeds – also known as saunf, valiyari. Works in a similar way as lavender. It has a calming effect, relaxes the muscles and treats insomnia. It also helps to suppress the appetite so prevents late night bingeing.

Mint Leaves – I add mint to the herbal tea as it relieves clogged sinuses, is believed to help induce sleep and is good for digestion.

Rose Petals – make sure they are organic. I got mine from my aunt’s garden. Rose petals are aromatic, help to clam the mind and a great source of antioxidants. In India I got organic rose petals from Amazon.

Dietary Tip:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

 

 

 

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LAVENDER & FENNEL HERBAL TEA

Home brewed Lavender & Fennel Herbal Tea is a soothing, calming and comforting herbal tea to enjoy just before bedtime.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp culinary lavender buds
  • a few dried rose petals
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds

Instructions
 

  • Heat the water in a kettle or in a pan till it begins to boil.
  • Add lavender buds, rose petals, fennel seeds and mint leaves to a coffee press.
  • Add the hot water.
  • Allow the mixture to infuse for 3-5 minutes.
  • Press the plunger down.
  • Pour the herbal tea into a cup and enjoy.
  • If you don't have a coffee press then add the lavender buds, rose petals, fennel seeds and mint to the water you've boiled in a saucepan. Cover with a lid and allow the mixture to infuse. Strain the herbal tea into a cup or mug using a sieve. Enjoy.

Notes

  • If you don't have rose petals, omit it but I highly recommend them as the herbal tea tastes very floral and delicious.
  • Don't add more than half teaspoon of lavender buds.
  • Best enjoyed hot but can also enjoy it as iced herbal tea. 
Keyword home brewed herbal tea, soothing lavender & fennel herbal tea

 

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21 Comments

  • Priya Vj

    September 7, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    An absolutely new infusion for me. Have used a lot of lavender flavored essential oils for a soothing effect but using them in a concoction is really unique. To top it all with the flavor of fennel a.k.a saunf which by itself is flavorful and aromatic, am sure this is definitely going to soothe the body and mind

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 8, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      The flavours of all four combined was really good Priya.

      1. Sujata Roy

        September 11, 2020 at 4:43 am

        5 stars
        I was thinking that only my sleeping pattern is changed but no many of us suffering due to this situation. Loved this floral herbal tea. Something different but sounds so aromatic and soothing. You are right, it will be also great as cold herbal tea.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    September 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    5 stars
    Loved the look of your lavender fennel herb tea. I would share the recipe with my mom who faces insomnia problems

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 8, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks Poonam, ask her to try it out. In India its easier to even use the lavender tea bags that are available. I hear fennel on its own too works wonder. I’ll have to do that when the lavender gets over.

  • amrita

    September 8, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    5 stars
    I am a great fan pf flavored tea… I had lavender tea using tea bags but never made from scratch..I love the idea of fusing the flavor of lavender and fennel.. Also mint will give the coolness… lovely recipe

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 8, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Amrita, I didn’t get lavender tea bags so have been using up my culinary lavender buds.

  • Jolly

    September 9, 2020 at 8:53 am

    5 stars
    Lavender and fennel tea sounds really refreshing and soothing tea. I used to add fennel seeds into my tea but this lavender tea looks wow, I have to find this lavender tea bags in Bangalore to feel the flavors of this tea. Loved the addition of mint leaves to give coolness.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 9, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Thank you so much Jolly, I’m sure its available. Try Fab India see if they have it.

  • Archana

    September 10, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    5 stars
    This is a great way to sleep. I have a few lavender buds I can use them. My sleep pattern is also gone for a toss. Love the idea and yes love the infusion. The colours and the flavours sound so delicious.Thanks for sharing I am sure I will benefit.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Archana, while it will still take time for my sleep pattern to return to normal, I find sipping on the tea very soothing. So that in itself helps to calm the mind.

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    September 10, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    5 stars
    Loved lavender fennel herbal tea color di, surely i have to try this tea di. I never got a chance to taste lavender buds, after reading this post i am going to order it soon. This is very unique herbal tea with wonderful health benefits, bookmarking to try soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      I love using lavender buds and I like the flavour too. Hopefully you’ll be able to order some from Amazon, not sure.

  • Sujata Roy

    September 11, 2020 at 4:44 am

    5 stars
    I was thinking that only my sleeping pattern is changed but no many of us suffering due to this situation. Loved this floral herbal tea. Something different but sounds so aromatic and soothing. You are right, it will be also great as cold herbal tea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Sujata, if you’re even able to order lavender tea bags or get lavender infused oil both help. As for the oil they say use a drop or two on your pillow.

  • The Girl Next Door

    September 11, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    5 stars
    I’m very intrigued by the use of lavender flowers in cooking, so this recipe naturally got me hooked. With the fennel and lavender going in, I’m sure the tea must have been super fragrant and wonderfully relaxing. Love the colour it has got too!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, lavender and fennel both are suppose to have a relaxing effect. As for the colour its actually from the rose petals.

  • Preethicuisine

    September 12, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    5 stars
    This lavender and fennel infused tea is so soothing and delicious. Beautiful colour. I would love to try different herbal teas. Perfect for the current situation to keep the ailments at Bay.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      That’s so true, we must have herbal teas to keep fit especially during such trying times.

  • NARMADHA

    September 16, 2020 at 9:45 am

    5 stars
    Such a unique combination of lavender and fennel infused herbal tea. Addition of rose petals and mint leaves makes it even more flavorful. So fragrant, relaxing and soothing herbal tea to have it anytime.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks Narmadha, it is definitely a soothing tea and flavorful too.

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