Fennel Herb - Herbal Tea
One of the spices found in many Italian cuisine, Fennel is native to the Mediterranean region, France and Asia. This highly aromatic herb grows to be about 2 to 4 feet tall and produces tiny yellow flowers. Fennel has become naturalized through out the world and is often found growing along the road side.
Fennel seed is traditionally used as a spice in many different kinds of cuisine; however, the bulb is eaten as a vegetable. Similar to Anise seed, Fennel seeds share many of the qualities and like Anise can be used to freshen the breath.
Herbal Tea Recipe
Fennel tea is prepared by steeping 1 teaspoon bruised seed in ½ pint of boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes.
Fennel Uses & Herbal Remedies
Fennel Tea Benefits
Fennel seeds can be chewed to freshen the breath.
Fennel tea can be used to increase the milk supply of breastfeeding mothers.
Strong Fennel tea can be used during menstruation or menopause to help ease symptoms.
Fennel tea thickened with honey can be given to help ease a cough.
Fennel added to facial steams can open pores and is thought to be rejuvenating.
Powdered Fennel seed can be sprinkled in door ways, pet bedding and kennel areas to repel fleas.
Fennel was used in combination with St. John’s Wort to guard against evil and witchcraft in medieval times and would often be hung over the doors to ward off evil spirits.
Large doses of Fennel can cause uterine contractions and should be used with caution during pregnancy.
Caution should be taken when giving Fennel oil or tea to children under 6 as some natural chemicals that may cause adverse reactions.
Buying Fennel for Herbal Tea
We have an excellent source for organic fennel for making herbal tea. You can buy small amounts or large wholesale orders. Visit our Tea Herbs
section to see what herbs are available and to buy fennel
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