You can prepare this delicious, medicinal tea from common culinary spices that are probably already in your kitchen. That’s why I call it a “Kitchen Remedy” tea. It seems all of the culinary spices I keep in my kitchen possess important medicinal properties. In this delightful tasting tea I used Fennel, Aniseed, Thyme, and Ginger. Together these spices make an excellent remedy for coughing and chest congestion or an aid to digestion that provides relief for gas and bloating. For a tour of the medicine in your spice cupboard and more information about each of these herbs, check out my post, Kitchen Remedies: Herbs & Spices for Common Ailments.
Kitchen Remedy Tea Recipe
- 1/2 tsp Aniseed
- 1/2 tsp Fennel
- 1/2 tsp dried Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Thyme
Combine all ingredients in small bowl and then place in your teapot or other tea infuser. Cover with 1-2 cups just boiled water and cover. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
You can substitute a tablespoon of chopped fresh Ginger Root if that’s what you have on hand, or even a few sprigs of fresh Thyme from the garden.
This is just one of the endless ways you might combine culinary herbs for a quick and effective remedy. I recently combined some of these same spices with Mullein, Marshmallow Root, and Elecampane to make a cough syrup. Here’s the recipe for Nectar Cough Care Syrup using Fennel, Ginger, and Thyme.
I encourage you to really get to know the medicinal properties of the herbs and spices in your spice cupboard. You’ll be amazed at all of herbal medicine you already have on hand. And, unlike some herbs we know, it’s all very tasty, too! Have fun getting to know these kitchen remedies and if you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment below.
wishing you health and happiness,
Herbalist & Proprietress