How to Make Fennel Tea

Wondering how to make fennel tea from scratch? Try this simple, yummy recipe to enjoy fennel tea's lovely flavor and fragrance, and its benefits for the digestive and respiratory systems. 

Treat your body to fennel tea to relieve digestive issues (such as bloating and acid reflux), boost the secretion of gastric juices, and help your body absorb nutrients more efficiently.

Fennel tea can provide additional wellness benefits, too, such a relieving sinus problems or respiratory symptoms related to illness, or soothing a cough or sore throat.

Naturally sweet fennel tastes like licorice, yet it contains no sugar. If you like the aroma and taste of licorice candy, you will love fennel tea (it's the perfect base for a tea smoothie, too). 

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How to Make Fennel Tea

Fennel herbal tea is so easy to make from scratch, and is very delicious and healthful, too. Of course, you can make fennel tea using a convenient teabag, but making the tea from fennel seeds is a wonderfully appealing alternative that takes virtually no extra time (and you'll notice the boost in flavor). 

When you're ready to enjoy some tasty, delicately fragrant fennel tea, follow this quick, simple recipe.  

You'll need...

  • 2 tbsp. fennel seeds
  • 8 oz. (about 250 ml) fresh, delicious water, brought just to the boil
  • Optional additions to taste, like a bit of organic honey or agave to sweeten

To make the tea...

  1. Add the fennel seeds to your favorite cup or mug (an infuser or infuser mug is a great idea for making tea from seeds).
  2. Cool the just-boiled water slightly (herbal teas are tastiest and more beneficial when steeped in hot - not boiling - water), and then pour into your cup.
  3. Cover the delicious fennel tea while it steeps (this will ensure it retains all of its lovely healthful properties.) Let the tea steep for about 10 minutes (herbal teas tend to have longer recommended steeping times than traditional teas do). 
  4. Remove the fennel seeds from the cup.
  5. Optional - Add extras to taste (although it's quite likely you'll love the taste of fennel tea just as it is). 
  6. Enjoy your fennel tea and its many benefits for good health and wellness.

Remember, this recipe is just a guideline... You may find that you prefer stronger or weaker fennel tea, so feel free to adjust the amount of fennel seeds and steeping time to suit you. 

Naturally sweet and satisfying fennel tea makes a great after-dinner tea, too (helping you stay away from tempting high-calorie sweets you may be trying to avoid). Why not keep a package of fennel seeds in your tea cupboard, ready to turn into fennel tea whenever you're in the mood? 

How to Make Fennel Tea - The Iced Version!

Now that you know how to make fennel tea, why not try this recipe again, and chill the tea after steeping? Fennel tea is also lovely served cold over ice. 

| Related:  Iced Tea Tips

If you'd rather enjoy your fennel tea iced, you can follow the recipe given above, but use about double the amount of fennel seeds. Then, let your tea cool to room temperature, put it in the fridge, and serve over ice later. Or, if you're craving that cold beverage, you can pour it over ice and serve right away!

When you're making iced tea...

Keep in mind, a general rule for making iced tea is to double the amount of loose tea or the number of teabags you use. That way, you'll still have a very flavorful, aromatic glass of tea after it's chilled and ice is added. 


Making your own tea from scratch takes just a few minutes and is such a comforting ritual (another of tea's many benefits...). Savor those few moments while your tea steeps, and let yourself relax in the quiet respite. 

Restful, refreshing fennel tea is just one of countless herbal teas available to us! We are so fortunate to have access to these delicious, health-giving beverages - natural, effective, affordable ways to boost our health and spirits. You can learn more about herbal tea benefits here. 


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