1) Be absolutely certain about fennel identification because other plants with an umbrella-like seed head can be deadly (i.e. hemlock, Conium maculatum);
2) Infusions in which boiling water is poured over the herbs are the best method of water extraction for leafy or soft plants. Decoctions in which the herb is boiled in water are better for hard or woody plants.
EARLY WINTER TUMMY TEA – A mint and fennel infusion for promoting normal digestion (carminative) and treating indigestion: