National Tea Day

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Recipe: Fennel Tea

Fennel tea is high in antioxidants and helps aid digestion. Plus it also tastes delicious. Make up a big batch so that you can make a brew in no time at all. Don’t forget to check with your practitioner before taking any herbal remedies if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Fennel tea is not suitable whilst you are pregnant.

Prep: 4 minutes 

Brew: 5-7 minutes

Serves: 14

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cardamom pods 
  • 4 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp anise

Method

To make the batch of tea, place the cardamom in a pestle and mortar and give it a good bash. Feel free to remove some of the husks, however don’t worry too much as they also have some flavour! Add the remaining ingredients, and gently bash, releasing the essential oils. Stir to blend, before storing in an airtight jar. To make a cup of tea, put a teaspoon of the blend in a pot and cover with enough water for 1 cup. Leave to brew for 5-7 minutes before straining. Drink hot or leave to cool.

 

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Recipe: Lemon'sip

This is a great remedy if you feel under the weather. These spices are packed full of antioxidants with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which will help fight off a cold. Remember to consult a doctor if your cold persists and always check with your practitioner before taking any herbal remedies if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Prep: 2 minutes 

Brew: 5-7 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cracked cardamom pods
  • 1 slice of lemon (plus a squeeze of lemon)
  • 1-2 tsp honey

Method

Add all the ingredients to a cup and add boiling water to fill. Leave for 5-8 minutes before drinking and add more honey to taste. Try measuring out all the ingredients into 2 or 3 cups when you have a moment, so that you can make the teas with ease when you're rushed off your feet.

Recipe: Nursing Tea

These ingredients have been said to help aid the flow of breast milk; apart from anything, they make a lovely brew. Always seek medical advice if you are having problems with breastfeeding and remember to check with your practitioner before taking any herbal remedies if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This tea is not suitable whilst you are pregnant, but yummy if you are not.

Prep: 3 minutes

Brew: 5-7 minutes

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 1⁄4 cup dried nettle leaf 
  • 1⁄4 cup raspberry leaf 
  • 2 tbsp dandelion leaf 
  • 2 tbsp fennel seed
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken into pieces

Method

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar. When ready to make a cup, place 1 tsp per cup in a teapot and brew for 5-7 minutes before straining. Drink hot or leave to cool.

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