Fennel herbal tea

Herbal tea with fennel

Fennel is used in herbal medicine for its healing properties of mild gastrointestinal affections characterized by swelling, spasms and flatulence. A fennel tea helps the body to purify itself of excess toxins and eliminates that annoying sense of bloating, due to an accumulation of gas. Fennel is a herbaceous plant native to Asia Minor and widespread throughout the Mediterranean area. There are two varieties: wild fennel, used in herbal medicine, and cultivated fennel. For the preparation of fennel herbal tea, the seeds, roots and leaves of wild fennel are used, while cultivated fennel can be eaten raw or cooked, and also has detoxifying, purifying and diuretic properties. Fennel herbal teas can be taken, in limited quantities, at all ages; they are recommended for breastfeeding women, because it favors the production of milk, and for the newborn to reduce gas colic, which occurs in newborns in the first three or four months of life.

Herbal teas

Herbal teas are medicinal drinks prepared by infusion or decoction of some parts of medicinal plants (flowers, leaves, seeds, barks, roots). Medicinal plants contain active ingredients with slimming, sedative, diuretic, digestive or anti-inflammatory properties. Medicinal plants are used both fresh and dried. For the preparation of herbal teas, other species of medicinal herbs, called adjuvants, are added to increase the beneficial power of the main plant. Medicinal plants have been known for centuries and since ancient times men have been able to experience their beneficial properties on their body. Medicinal herbs were one of the main forms of medieval medicine, for all social classes, and their properties were the object of study in the first Italian universities; but they are known today thanks to the painstaking work of the monks of medieval monasteries who were able to verify their properties directly on the poor and beggars they welcomed within their walls, meticulously noting every detail. There are many liqueurs and syrups, typical products of monasteries and abbeys of Italy.

Herbal tea preparation

For the preparation of herbal teas, various methods are used that depend on the characteristics of the herbs chosen. There are two main methods: infusion and decoction. The infusion consists in boiling a certain amount of water and then pouring it into a container, possibly a ceramic one, in which the chopped herbs have previously been placed. It mixes well and covers the container, to avoid the escape of vapors, rich in active ingredients. Then strain the infusion and drink it in small quantities. The infusion time varies between ten and twenty minutes, and in any case it will affect its color and taste. The decoction consists of pouring the medicinal herb directly into the boiling water and letting it boil again, over moderate heat, for another fifteen or twenty minutes. Also in this case the decoction is filtered and drunk in small quantities. The decoction with the hardest parts of the plant, such as the roots, berries or bark, is preferred. The herbal tea should be drunk hot, not hot, but not cold either.

Fennel herbal tea: Herbal active ingredients

Medicinal plants contain active ingredients, chemicals that affect the functioning of organs and systems of the human body. Active ingredients are chemicals produced by plants to defend themselves against pests. Each plant produces it in different quantities depending on the territory of origin. Before using a medicinal plant it is good to check its properties. The same active ingredient can be healthy in certain concentrations and poisonous in others. If you decide to prepare an herbal tea and you are not particularly experienced, it is good to rely on specialized herbalists who will be able to give appropriate advice. Herbal teas represent the best solution for multiple needs, but they can become pleasant daily habits. Moments of relaxation to dedicate to yourself, with tranquility. In the evening before going to bed, relaxing herbal teas are indicated, based on chamomile or valerian. They help you sleep and allow you to rest after a stressful day. On a cold day, an infusion of mallow is a sweet remedy for throat problems.

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