Golden Digestive Delight: Fennel Fusion Tea Recipe

July 7, 2023 5 mins to read
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As a nutritional professional, I enjoy the luxury of having some experience in Ayurvedic, alternative and traditional medicine. This unique Fennel Fusion Tea utilizes herbs studied in western medicine to support digestive health, as well as those used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to support gut health and overall well-being. It is specially formulated to help with issues like bloating, gas and indigestion and includes fennel seeds, who’s oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine to stimulate bile for better digestion. Consuming this drink as a hot liquid, enhances it’s digestive supporting effects.

Servings: 4 (preferably after meals for best results.)

Preparation Time: 20 minutes (5min prep + 20min cooking time)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of dried ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric root
  • 1 teaspoon of dried licorice root
  • 1 teaspoon of raw (unpasteurized) honey or a sweetener of choice (optional)
    • Manuka honey, in particular, has been praised for its potential antibacterial properties and may support a healthy gut microbiome.
  • 4 cups of filtered water

Fennel seeds, peppermint, and ginger are all well studied in western medicine for their potential digestive health benefits, including relieving indigestion and nausea. Turmeric is a common herb in Ayurvedic medicine, and also well studied for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and licorice root is often used in traditional Chinese medicine to soothe the stomach and intestines.

Instructions:

  1. Combine the dried peppermint, fennel seeds, ginger, turmeric, and licorice root in a tea infuser, tea ball, or cheesecloth.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, and add the tea infuser with the herbs and seeds.
  4. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 15-20 minutes to let the herbs infuse their properties into the water.
  5. After simmering, remove the tea infuser and let the tea cool slightly.
  6. Sweeten with honey or another sweetener of your choice, if desired.
  7. Pour into a cup, inhale the aromatic steam, and enjoy your soothing digestive herbal tea.

Optional Add-Ins:

Take your pick of optional add-ins to support digestive health from western, ayurvedic and alternative medicine.

  • Sweeten with a Twist: For a hint of sweetness and potential antibacterial properties, stir in a teaspoon of Manuka honey or raw honey to your warm tea.
  • A Splash of Citrus: Brighten up your tea with a squeeze of lemon or lime – to stimulate stomach acids to aid digestion.
  • Sprinkle of Warmth: Add a sprinkle of cinnamon for a touch of warmth and potential anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Touch of Tang: A small splash of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help balance your stomach pH levels and improve digestion. Be sure to start with a small amount (1/3 tsp), as the flavor is quite strong, especially if you’re not used to it. If you have acid reflux, avoid this add-in.
  • Fiber Boost: Stir in a teaspoon of soaked chia seeds or a dash of inulin, a prebiotic fiber. Both can provide a fiber boost that supports a healthy digestive system.
  • Aromatic Spices: Enhance the flavor profile of your tea with a pinch of cardamom, a spice known in Ayurvedic medicine for its potential digestive benefits.
  • Enzyme Synergy: If you really struggle digesting meals with allot of fat or protein, consider taking this drink with a broad spectrum digestive enzyme which you can get from most health food stores or grab my favorite Youngevity Truezyme. If you are older this can be particularly effective.

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Other Tips to Optimize Digestion

  • Avoid gluten – even if you aren’t celiac or sensitive, gluten can damage gastrointestinal tract lining, which can negatively impact digestion. Look for gluten free products instead
  • Avoid corn – corn isn’t digestible, and isn’t very nutritious either. Allot of digestive issues recommend avoiding corn products (be careful corn is everywhere in packaged store-bought products).
  • Avoid ultra processed foods – deep fried foods, stuff packaged with chemicals and additives to preserve it and make it look good…really don’t do any favors for your digestion. In small amounts (like once a week) it’s probably ok, but if you’re struggling with digestive issues i’d try to opt for more whole-foods.
  • Avoid seed oils – opt for olive and cocnut oil or grass-fed butter, for a healthier and happier gut.

Disclaimer

Consult with a professional before starting any new herbs or supplements. While this drink uses ingredients generally considered safe for most people, individuals may have a sensitivity or allergy and ingredients could interact with certain medications or could affect individuals with health conditions differently. I am a nutritional professional and you can book a nutritional consult with me, so I can properly advise you on whether the Golden Digestive Delight: Fennel Fusion Tea is safe for you. I can customize the elixir it to your unique health situation and suggest other dietary changes including herbs and supplements to help you manage your health issues.

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