For centuries, people have been using fennel to treat a variety of health conditions. Fennel seed, for one, is an effective aid to digestion, according to herbalists. Consuming it in tea form can help the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal system relax and reduce bloating, gas, and stomach cramps.
Below are some detailed reasons on how it works against digestive problems.
Fennel plant and fennel seed have antibacterial, an-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, according to a 2016 review. In cases of food poisoning or an upset stomach, these important properties may help get rid of bacteria that can cause gassiness.
Rich In Fiber
Fennel seeds are loaded with fiber in their tiny forms. A tablespoon (6 grams) of dried fennel seeds can give us about 2 grams of fiber.
Fiber helps to bulk up and treat watery diarrhea thus helping in slowing down and preventing loose or runny bowel movements. Adding fiber-rich food into our diet may help relieve constipation and other digestive problems that can cause gas.
Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, fennel seeds may help soothe swelling or irritation in the intestines and improve digestion. These effects have been attributed to the seeds’ anethole content.
Relaxes Digestive Muscles
Fennel may also help relax the muscle in the intestines thus relieving gassiness that is from constipation or acid reflux. Consumption of fennel has been found beneficial in people struggling with regular bowel movements. Aside from this, fennel can also cleanse the body and move toxins through the system.
How To Make A Fennel Tea
Simple Fennel Tea Recipe
Add 1-2 tablespoons of crushed fennel seeds in a cup of hot water. Steep it for 5-10 minutes. Add some honey or mint for additional flavor and benefits. Drink it while still warm.
Fennel Tea With Peppermint And Chamomile
Bring 1 ½ cups of water to boil in a kettle. Crush 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds and put them in a teapot. Add 1 teaspoon (1 g) of dried chamomile flowers, 1 teaspoon (2 g) of dried peppermint leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) of dried chopped ginger pieces into the teapot together with the crushed fennel.
Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of boiling water into the pot and steep the tea for 10 minutes. Strain the tea and sip it while it’s hot