Lavender & Fennel Herbal Tea
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.
ginger, turmeric, ashwagandha, licorice, dandelion root, maca (Peruvian ginseng), ginseng, sarsaparilla are some of the roots I know.
mint, tulsi, basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, catnip, fennel, lemongrass, lemon balm, sage, stevia, coriander, olive leaf, eucalyptus, pandan, neem, tea, etc
strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, goji, juniper berries, elderberry, turkey berry, hawthorn berries, cranberries, redcurrant, sumac etc.
cinnamon, clove, cardamom, saffron, fennel seeds, dill seeds, caraway seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds, coriander, vanilla, fenugreek
dried orange, lemon and lime peels, etc
bael, lemon, orange, passion fruit, mango, apple, pear, above mentioned berries, etc
coffee beans, cocoa nibs, barley, millet, wheat.
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.
- Gluten Free
LAVENDER & FENNEL HERBAL TEA
- 1 cup water
- ½ tsp culinary lavender buds
- a few dried rose petals
- 10-12 mint leaves
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- 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.
- 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.
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