Fennel, also popularly known as anise or fennel, is a powerful therapeutic herb widely used not only in home medicine, as well as in perfumery, cooking and as a flavoring.
Originally from the Mediterranean and cultivated in various regions of temperate or subtropical climates, this plant has roots with diuretic properties that are widely used in infusions to prevent the accumulation of fluid in the body. Fennel seeds are often used in teas to combat intestinal gas.
Properties and benefits
In the composition of fennel, vitamins A, complex B and C are present; fibers; and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, sodium and zinc. Due to the high content of nutrients present in its composition, fennel has antispasmodic, stimulating, relaxing, vermifuge and antirheumatic properties.
Tea made from the fennel seed is used to fight intestinal gas, and it is common to give it to babies and young children. This tea is also popularly known for treating breastfeeding women, as it increases milk production and passes the benefits of the herb through it, protecting the baby from colic.
Fennel tea is also useful in the treatment of other health conditions such as indigestion, constipation, flatulence, coughs and diarrhea, in addition to stimulating appetite, preventing bad breath and heartburn. Due to its diuretic action, fennel tea also helps to combat swelling caused by fluid retention. The fennel also has a calming effect and can be used to help treat insomnia and anxiety.
This tea is also good to treat colic in babies who are no longer breastfed, but it should not be used without medical advice or in large quantities.
To enjoy the benefits provided by fennel tea, just follow this recipe:
– 3 tablespoons of fennel;
– 1 liter of water.
Bring the water to a boil and, after bringing it to a boil, add the dried herb seeds. Turn off the heat, cover the container and let it rest for five minutes. The dosage is one cup of this tea, three times a day.
For the treatment of intestinal colic in babies and children, the recommendation is to sweeten the drink with a little honey and use less herb than indicated in the recipe.
If consumed in excess, fennel tea can cause digestive tract problems. Pregnant women should be more careful with the amount of tea ingested, as it can lead to miscarriage in excessive doses