The Powerful Digestive Benefits of Fennel Tea
Fennel has long been known as one of the mainstays of traditional and herbal medicine. Originally sourced from the mediterranean plant, foeniculum vulgare, fennel teas can be found all over the world in many preparations.
Today, fennel has found its place in cooking, oils, medicines and even candies. Perhaps one of the most therapeutic ways to enjoy the benefits of this versatile plant is in a daily wellness tea.
Fennel is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, B-complex, C and D. Although mainstream research hasn't fully supported all the claims associated with the health benefits of fennel, a cup of fennel tea might just be the missing piece in helping to ease vague GI symptoms that so commonly arise for most of us.
What are the Benefits?
In many traditional medicine philosophies, fennel tea has been used to regulate digestion. It is thought to help relax the smooth muscles of the digestive tract reducing common GI complaints.
Fennel tea can safely be used to treat flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion and the occasional upset stomach.
It also may help to control your appetite. In a recent study of overweight women, fennel tea appeared to suppress the short term appetite of women compared to those who were drinking a different type of tea.(1)
How to make it?
Fennel Tea is is simple to make
Add two teaspoons of raw fennel seeds to your boiling water
Let boil for 10 minutes
Strain, and serve
Add honey as desired for sweetness
For most people, fennel tea can be used daily as a healthy part of your wellness routine. Introduce fennel tea slowly to determine if you have and side effects or negative symptoms after drinking it.
Try some fennel tea today to get all the benefits of a healthy, happy tummy!
Hema Patel, NP-BC is a Board Certified Adult-Geriatric NP practicing integrative medicine in Orange County, CA.
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Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. (eds). The Complete Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Boston, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 128-9.
Rahimi, R., & Ardekani, M. R. S. (2012, December 29). Medicinal properties of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. In traditional Iranian medicine and modern phytotherapy. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, 19(1), 73-79. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23275017