Fennel Tea and its Benefits
The mild liquorice flavoured Fennel tea herb is native to the Mediterranean region.
Fennel is naturally caffeine-free. It is commonly used as an after dinner digestive aid in Spain, India and Italy.
Fennel has anti-spasmodic properties. Research also shows it has some anti-bacteria properties.
It is a natural detoxifier and a breath freshener.
It stimulates the production of gastric juices. It works by relaxing muscles in the digestive and reproductive systems.
Fennel also stimulates movement of food through the stomach and intestines. In addition, it can put a stop to intestinal spasms.
Fennel is quite gentle. Babies can therefore use fennel tea. Its gastrointestinal benefits include:
Promoting good digestion
Helping indigestion and constipation
Alleviating bloating and gas
Relieving stomach aches
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms relief
Crohn's Disease, colitis and diverticulitis relief
Fennel is also used to relieve symptoms of whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis and respiratory infections.
Fennel is good for eye inflammations, menstrual cramps and colic. An infusion of fennel placed on the eyelids soothes inflamed eyelids and improves sight.
Fennel is a very safe herb for colic. It helps the baby to release gas and relieve the tummy.
A teaspoon of the fennel tea is boiled in a cup of water. It is then allowed to cool. The fennel tea is given to the baby in a feed bottle to help cure colic.
Fennel is also thought to be beneficial for kidney stones, menopausal problems, obesity and it increases milk yield during breast-feeding.
The tea is prepared by taking one cup of boiling water and putting one to two teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds. It is then allowed stand for ten minutes drained.
Drinking this mixture three times per day will help relieve abdominal cramps, upset stomach and colic.
Fennel tea will also help prevent bloating and gas. If you are suffering from these problems, fennel will help relieve them.
As a digestive aid, chew a handful of seeds or try an infusion or tincture. The seeds have a pleasant, liquorice-like flavour.
Fennel has no known side effects. Allergic reactions to Fennel are rare. However, fennel might cause a reaction to those allergic to celery.
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