We kick off our regular series, looking into the medicinal power of herbs, with an antidote to one of modern life’s most irksome maladies…
We’ve all been there. Over-indulgence seems to be a common symptom of big city life. Long days, longer nights and endless food and drink options all contribute to a less than healthy outlook, and while ‘bottomless brunch’ may have seemed like a good idea Sunday morning, by the evening you not only have classic pre-working week fear but also a fair bit of indigestion. But before heading to your medicine cabinet, you might be far better off raiding the pantry and picking your pot plants.
Creating your own digestive settler in the form of a tea can be effective, fun, and resourceful.
You will need:
• A bunch of peppermint leaves, roughly chopped (lessen if you suffer from acid reflux), or a tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves
• A thumb of ginger, smashed
• 1 tsp fennel seeds
• A small bark of cinnamon, or 1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder
Boil approximately 500ml of water on the stove, add ginger, fennel seeds, and turn heat down, leave for 5 minutes. Add cinnamon bark and peppermint leaves. Turn stove off and leave for 10 minutes before pouring through a strainer.