Turmeric Ginger Fennel Tea

Digestive and Anti-Inflammatory

Olena or Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one of the canoe plants brought by the early Polynesians to Hawaii. A flowering plant in the ginger family, it has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as a remedy for digestive disorders, liver problems, as an anti-inflammatory agent, and as treatment for skin diseases. It makes a deep, rich, golden, slightly astringent, base for this delicious, warming, digestive and, anti-inflammatory tea blend.

Ginger has a spicy, invigorating taste. Ginger tea has been used as a remedy against colds and flu for centuries in India, China, and other countries in the East. According to Chinese culture, ginger's powerful yang energy is what warms the lungs and stomach. Ginger tea has been used in China for some 2,500 years to treat sore throat, nasal congestion, and sinus pain. It's been widely used as a home remedy for indigestion, nausea and to decrease inflammation.

In Indian restaurants the sweet, licorice flavored, fennel seed is offered at the end of a meal as a breath freshener and digestive. Fennel has been used for centuries for its anti-spasmodic properties, and for aiding digestion. It can be useful for intestinal and menstrual cramps, heartburn, diarrhea, colic, and indigestion

Directions: Use 1- 2 tsp per cup. Heat on low heat without lid for 10 minutes. Be aware that it can boil over very easily if on high heat. Strain into cup. Add honey to sweeten if desired.

You can brew the tea 2-3 times using the same material. An 8 oz container contains about 3.5 oz tea by weight - enough tea to make about 75 cups.

The Turmeric and Ginger and Fennel are grown and dried here on Kauai at Lokelani Ranch hone of Greensong Botanicals.