Fennel Tea

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Fennel tea benefits in mouth ulcer, IBS, acidity, common cold, gas, bloating, indigestion, flatulence, and other diseases. Know how it does effective in these diseases.

Fennels contain volatile oils, which give a pungent anise fragrance and slightly sweet taste to the fennel tea. Fennel tea is a strong home remedy for digestive health. It corrects digestion, stimulates the balanced secretion of gastric juices and helps to get rid of gas, flatulence and constipation.

Fennel tea is an herbal tea that boosts immunity. This action of fennel tea is due to its volatile oils and natural phytochemicals. However, it does not provide a good amount of nutrients, but it gives a feeling of freshness and comfort in digestive system.

How to make fennel tea

You can follow the steps listed below to make fennel tea.

  1. Take one teaspoon of fennel seeds.
  2. Soak fennel seeds into a cup of warm water for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Now crush fennel seeds within the same water that is used for soaking the fennel seeds.
  4. Boil the water with crushed fennel seeds.
  5. Strain the liquid and enjoy a fennel tea.

Do not overheat the water with crushed fennel seeds because it may destroy the most important volatile oil present in the fennels. When water boils, then allow to it cool until it becomes comfortable to drink.

You can also use fennel leaves and roots for preparing the fennel tea, but traditionally, fennel seeds are used due to their easy availability.

Fennel tea has a medicinal value due to which it is famous as in babies suffering with flatulence, colic and gas.

Flavoring fennel tea

  1. You can also add a small amount of honey in fennel tea, but we recommend adding honey when fennel tea becomes comfortable to drink. You should not add honey in hot fennel tea. The hot temperature can destroy the nutrients present in honey.
  2. You can also add sugar and fruit juices in fennel tea, but if you wish to add fruit juices, we suggest adding them when fennel tea is cool.

Note:

Try to prepare a fresh fennel tea because some volatile oils are released into the air when it kept for a longer time.

Benefits of fennel tea

Fennel tea helps in following conditions.

Indigestion

A warm fennel tea helps stimulate the digestion. Fennel tea has a property of promoting digestion by stimulating gastric juices and balancing their secretions in the stomach. In addition, fennel tea also protects liver and improves liver functions.

Abdominal distension, gas & flatulence

It helps the people suffering with indigestion, abdominal distention, gas and flatulence. All these effects are due to some volatile oil present in the fennel tea. It alleviates pain and discomfort associated with abdominal pain.

Foul Smelling Stools and flatus

Some people complain about foul smell in stools and flatus. You can get rid of this problem by drinking a cup of fennel tea for some days.

Fennel tea in Diabetes

You can drink fennel tea in diabetes. Fennel tea lowers the blood sugar level and may help to decrease the diabetic complications.

Remember, it may also cause hypoglycemia if taken along with modern medicines. Therefore, regularly check your blood sugar level if you are also taking anti-diabetic drugs.

Fennel tea for weight loss

Fennel tea improves metabolism in the body, which helps in shedding the excess fat. It is more effective in abdominal or central obesity.

In obesity, you may require to drink two cups of fennel tea twice a day. To enhance effects of fennel tea, you can add black pepper, long pepper and cumin in fennel tea. However, taste of fennel tea will become somewhat pungent due to these ingredients. You can also add lemon juice and honey in fennel tea to boost its action in weight loss.

Fennel tea for babies

Fennel tea is a home remedy for colic in babies. Research studies also indicate that fennel tea and fennel seeds are effective in relieving abdominal pain, gas, and flatulence and colic symptoms.

Fennel tea helps to relax the digestive system and it gives relief from gas trouble in babies. It is safer than dill oil, which is widely used to treat colic symptoms in children.

  1. Fennel tea relaxes the intestines and gives relief from general discomfort in babies.
  2. It acts as milk laxative and helps in mild constipation in kids.
  3. Fennel tea improves digestion and increases appetite in babies.
  4. Fennel tea is a great remedy for colicky babies and results appear within 15 to 30 minutes.

Fennel tea dosage in babies

You can give 2 ml to 5 ml fennel tea to babies.

Do not give more than 5 ml at a time and more than three times a day. If discomfort still present, you may need to consult the child specialist.

Mothers can drink a cup of fennel tea twice or three times a day.

Fennel tea in breastfeeding

Fennels have galactagogue characteristics, so fennel tea also helps to induce milk secretion. Generally, fennels seeds are used with cumin seeds to increase breast milk.

There are also controversies that fennels might not safe in breastfeeding and pregnancy, but fennels have been used for centuries for increasing breast milk supply in India.

Using fennel and cumin are advocated in Egypt traditional medicines as well as in Ayurveda.

We can conclude that fennel tea may increase breast milk and it is probably safe to use in breastfeeding. Therefore, breastfeeding mothers can drink fennel tea.

Fennel tea side effects

However, fennel tea may safe to drink and may not have any side effects if you are not taking it regularly. The rare side effects reported with fennel use are as follows:

  1. Premature breast development
  2. Loss of libido (but some people believe that it may increase libido, read note below)
  3. Allergic reaction characterized by skin rashes and itching
  4. Fennel tea can increase chances of sunburn or sun poisoning

Note

These side effects are more reported with fennel oil and these are listed here to be cautious.

Unlike fennel oil, which causes hallucination and seizures in some people, fennel tea may not cause these side effects because it contains very less amount of active volatile oil.

Ayurvedic textbooks describe the side effect of fennel that it may cause loss of libido in some people, so they advise it should not be used on daily basis. Occasional use may not cause this effect. This effect appears only if you are taking more than 10 grams of fennel seeds.

Fennel tea in pregnancy

However, in India, many pregnant women use fennel tea to get rid of acidity, gas, abdominal colic, and nausea or vomiting.

The safety and efficacy of fennel tea is not well established in pregnancy and breastfeeding, but it is widely used in Asian countries including India, China, Tibet and Bhutan.

Fennel tea in breastfeeding

Fennel tea might be safe in breastfeeding.

Note

All side effects are reported with fennel oil or herbal teas containing fennel. There is no study, which particularly advises to avoid or take fennel tea in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Fennel oil is very strong and might have many side effects as compared to fennel tea.

We advise you to being on safer side and avoid using fennel products during pregnancy.

Dosage & Administration

The dosage of fennel tea is as follows.

Fennel Tea

Infants1 to 5 ml *
Children20 ml to 50 ml *
Adults50 ml to 100 ml *
Pregnancy20 ml to 50 ml *
Geriatric (Old age)20 ml to 50 ml *

* Twice a day

Questions & Answers about fennel tea

Is fennel tea good for you?

Fennel tea is used for medicinal purposes and for a short period, so it is good for you to getting rid of digestive problems. Regular use is not suggested, so you should not drink fennel tea more than three months continuously.

What is fennel tea good for?

Fennel tea is good for digestive ailment. It helps to improve digestion and you can get rid of indigestion, flatulence and gas by using it.

Which other ingredients can I add to improve its effects?

You can add cumin and coriander in fennel tea. These additional ingredients increase fennel tea efficacy in colic, spasms, indigestion and gas. This tea is also called cumin coriander fennel tea.

Can I use fennel tea for bloating?

Yes, you can take fennel tea for bloating. It is safe to use and helps in relieving gas from the intestines.

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