One of the easiest herbs to grow is mint, that stuff goes WILD and is super hardy. I actually had one gifted, and it died (not a great start to this story...but keep with me...), but I kept it out on the balcony and one day those empty stems started to regrow - and that is what is in this tea.
The fennel fronds are off a fresh piece of fennel. You could use the fronds only, or even the stem or the bulb of the fennel too. If you are using the hardier pieces a light bash with the back of a knife to release the aromatic oils before you put it into your pot.
Why mint and fennel?
Both are aromatic, digestive herbs, meaning they help the digestive system do its job, or in the case of fennel, they help reduce some of its less-wanted-symptoms that you may be experiencing due to IBS, constipation, bloating or even after a big meal.
Mint encourages bile to flow, which will improve the speed and digestion of your food. It can also beneficial for those with IBS, and it may reduce tummy pains from bloating or indigestion.
There are things to consider with mint though, as not everyone enjoys these benefits. Some may find that a mint tea increases heartburn, or they may experience allergic reaction, this is due to mint being part of the Lamiaceae Family, which some people experience systemic allergic reactions.
If this is you, there are probably quite a few other allergy-inducing plants that affect you as well. Fennel is not part of this family, it is related to the carrot - those top fronds and the carrot tops give it away - which is in the Apiaceae Family, so you could just have fennel on its own and still experience the digestive benefits you may be after.
How do I make the tea?
Firstly, boil your water. The tip here is to use freshly boiled water, but not immediately boiled. You want to release the oils and receive the medicinal benefits from the plants, not burn them.
While your water is boiling add in your fresh leaves, fronds or fennel parts (remember to lightly bash to release the oils) and put them into your pot.
Add your boiled water and allow the leaves to infuse from 15-20 minutes. You can keep topping up your water as well during the day because they will just keep on giving!
Fresh Mint & Fennel Frond Tea
Makes: 1 cup
10-15 mint leaves
Freshly boiled water
Pour your freshly boiled water (left to sit for a minute once boiled) into your pot
Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes
Keep topping up your water another 2-3 times to continue receiving the medicinal and refreshing benefits of this tea
If you are serving more people just double, triple or quadruple your recipe to fit your pot!
If you make this tea, don't forget to tag me on any of the socials @carissacrosdale #carissacrosdalerecipe