Peppermint Fennel Tea Recipe

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Although peppermint (Menthax piperita) is the most widely-recognized digestive aid, I’ve found that other species of wild and cultivated mint can be effective as well, including water mint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). Consult your health care practitioner about using peppermint if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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Using ingredients you can find in your backyard, on your farm or at a local market, you can create artisanal drinks that leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. Learn a variety of useful techniques to do so in “Wild Drinks and Cocktails" by Emily Han.
1 Cup SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon dried peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried lemon balm
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 green cardamom pod, cracked (optional)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Honey (optional)

Directions

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Craft drink expert Emily Han creates unique flavors in Wild Drinks and Cocktails(Fair Winds Press, 2015).  Han teaches you techniques you need to know to craft your own infused waters, syrups, vinegar drinks, spirits, wines and sodas — each with powerful health benefits and a sentimental nod to drinks of another era. In this excerpt you will learn a delightful peppermint fennel tea recipe that can treat a sour stomach.

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Fennel and mint are both renowned for their ability to relax the digestive muscles, allowing gas to move through the digestive system and relieving the cramping that can occur from eating too much or too fast, or from noshing on something that didn’t quite agree with you. Here, I’ve amplified its effects (and flavor!) by adding a few other carminative, or gas-relieving, herbs.

Peppermint Fennel Tea Recipe