It’s time to introduce you to a good digestive herbal tea to sip nice warm, maybe before going to bed 🙂 .
We did a little research for the most curious of you about the spices that compose it.
Licorice root contains glycyrrhizin, which gives it its characteristic sweet taste. You’ll not need, therefore, to sweeten the tea. Licorice has anti-inflammatory effects and is one of the cornerstones of Chinese medicine. We must not, however, abuse it because it can cause high blood pressure, fluid retention and constant fatigue.
Juniper berries facilitate digestion, are antiseptic and help against cough. The oil extracted from the berries used in massage prevents cramps and relaxes muscle tense.
Fennel contains many nutrients and vitamins, improves digestion and helps against intestinal pain. In the East it is consumed to improve eyesight. Its properties were already known to the ancient Greeks and we find it even in mythology. Prometheus, in fact, uses a sprig of fennel to steal fire from the Gods.
Anise is also a valuable aid to digestion. Used by the ancient Romans, it was one of the main ingredients of mustaceoe, sweets served at the end of abundant food to avoid indigestion. These cakes were also served at the end of the wedding parties and it seems to be the origin of today’s wedding cakes.
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Digestive herbal tea
For 100 grams of herbal tea
- 36 grams of fennel seeds
- 36 grams of seeds of anise
- 18 grams of licorice root pieces
- 10 grams of juniper berries
With the help of a pestle, lightly crush juniper berries and licorice root. Do not use an electric grinder, because you'll chop too much the spices, and the herbal tea will escape from the ball during infusion.
Mix carefully all the spices and place them in a jar, both to protect your herbal tea from humidity, and to avoid losing flavor.
For a cup of 200-250 ml, it will take 3-4 grams of tea, about two teaspoons.
Pour the boiling water and let steep at least 10 minutes before consuming.