Fennel is an aromatic herb that is part of the umbellifereae family of plants, making it a close relative to parsley, coriander and dill. The fruit, or seeds, of fennel have been used for centuries to relieve flatulence and aid digestion. Further, says the George Mateljan Foundation's World's Healthiest Foods, fennel is rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants that promote cardiovascular, colon and immune system health and help to fight free radicals. One of the most relaxing ways to partake of the wonderful benefits and enjoy the delicious licorice-like flavor of this versatile herb is in a nice, hot cup of fennel tea.
Place 3 tsp. fennel seeds in your mortar.
Crush the seed into a powder with your pestle.
Scoop up 1-1/2 tsp. crushed fennel seeds and place it in a mug.
Pour 1 cup boiling water over the crushed seeds. Allow the water and seeds to steep for seven to 10 minutes.
Stir well to mix and enjoy.