Fennel is a vegetable as well as an herb. It is related to the parsley herb, but has a different flavor that can be compared to that of anise or licorice. Fennel tea is made from either a single component or a combination of several parts of the fennel plant. Fennel tea is generally consumed to reduce water retention issues as well as for treating gastrointestinal issues. It is important to note that excessive intake of fennel tea can be toxic and hence it is best to consult a doctor before starting fennel tea intake.
Fennel is generally used in a number of cuisines, but its medicinal properties have prompted its worldwide use to treat several disorders. Fennel can be purchased as a dried herb or in the form of a capsule. The seeds are however the most popular component of the plant and they are crushed to be made into tea. The information about the medicinal benefits of fennel tea still needs to be validated via extensive studies and hence its use should be limited to a doctor’s advice.
History of Fennel tea
Fennel has been traditionally used for a number of purposes such as reducing the effects of indigestion or alleviating menstrual cramps. Fennel is available as a tea or in other forms. Fennel oil is often used to alleviate certain conditions, but its use can also result in convulsions.
Fennel tea by itself does not have a very good taste. Hence, it is best to combine fennel tea with a few other ingredients for better flavor. You may prepare fennel tea by grounding the fennel seeds in a grinder, etc. Then boil it for a few minutes and add orange juice to it. Dip green teabags in the solution for about 5 minutes. You may add a bit of honey to the mixture for added taste. Fennel tea is now ready for consumption.
Health benefits of Fennel tea
- One of the most common health benefits of fennel tea is its use in the treatment of heartburn. A cup of fennel tea generally tends to ease the burning and pain and thus alleviate the signs of indigestion. Fennel tea works by relaxing the digestive tract and thus reduces the symptoms such as stomach cramps and gas. It can also be an effective remedy for irritable bowel syndrome.
- Fennel tea has antimicrobial qualities and hence can be used to treat infection of the upper respiratory tract as well as to treat conditions such as asthma and common cold. Additionally, symptoms of hypertension and angina can also be significantly reduced by fennel tea intake.
- Fennel tea can often be used to treat hormonal issues and to boost one’s libido
- Fennel tea can also be consumed to reduce signs of colic in infants and to alleviate fever and pain in children as well as adults
Side effects of Fennel tea
- Fennel tea may interfere with the working of certain antibiotics. Hence, one should avoid the intake of fennel tea along with antibiotics and should always consult a doctor when taking prescription medications
- Pregnant and breast feeding mothers should not consume fennel tea. It can result in a miscarriage and the amount of breast milk can be significantly reduced due to fennel tea consumption
- Individuals who are prone to allergies should refrain from fennel tea intake as it can result in skin rashes, hives and other symptoms of an allergic reaction.