Fennel - Did you know its a herb?

 Fennel

 

Fennel is a tall herb with hollow stems and yellow flowers.

Originally native to the Mediterranean, it grows all over the world and has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant. 

Fennel seeds can be dried and used as a potent and strong-smelling tea.

Fennel Tea long been thought to strengthen your eyesight, regulate hormones improve your digestion and help memory.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Fennel can help fight infections, so if you feel cold coming on, drinking a tea that contains fennel in it can help your body fight back against the pathogens attacking your immune system.

AIDS BREASTMILK PRODUCTION

Fennel has been used for centuries as a galactagogue – a substance to increase the quality and quantity of breastmilk in breastfeeding mums.

Some argue that that there is not enough evidence to back this up though but there is always studies been done to try and back this up.

HELPS SLEEP

If you are looking for the perfect sleepy tea to relax and unwind with after a long day, putting Fennel in your tea can give you an extra health boost.

Fennel relaxes muscles including your digestive muscles.

Ancient remedies called for the use of Fennel to treat insomnia.

SUPPORTS DIGESTION

If you have an upset stomach flatulence or diarrhea, you might want to treat yourself to some Fennel tea. It helps to calm and reduce digestion within the body.

INCREASES ANTIOXIDANTS

Fennel tea contains Antioxidants in which your body needs to help fight the harmful things in your environment that it is regularly exposed to.

Drinking Fennel tea, the antioxidants attach molecules in your blood that are fighting oxidative damage.

So, it lessens the load on your kidney and liver and helps new cell production and even reduces signs of ageing.

FRESHENS BREATH

Original ways to relieve bad breath is to drink Fennel. It might be due to its antibacterial properties which cleanses pathogens that cause breathe to smell.

Drinking Fennel regularly should banish bad breath.

RELIEVES CONSTIPATION

Fennel tea relaxes your digestive system which is great if you are struggling with regular bowel movements.

Drinking Fennel tea will help to cleanse your body and move toxins through your system.

HELPS COPE WITH COLIC 

Fennel herbal tea is good and safe for children, as it relaxes the intestinal tract. 

This may help when your baby is suffering with colic. 

CLEANSES THE BLOOD 

Fennel herbal tea increases healthy flow and protects your liver from alcohol damage and also treats disease such as jaundice. 

This blood cleanser may also improve kidney function and prevent kidney stones. 

BURNS FAT

Fennel tea helps reduce water retention, making it the best weight loss tea to drink. 

It boosts your metabolism allowing you to burn fat faster, reduces cellulite and regulates your appetite. 

BALANCES HORMONE LEVELS 

A healthy liver leads to proper hormonal balance which in turn, is the key in relieving a number of symptoms that affects you on a daily basis.

STRENGTHENS THE HEART

Fennel tea is a wonderful source of vitamins and antioxidants that can help you to maintain a healthy heart.

Antioxidants and vitamins and the cleansing action mentioned above all work to help your bad cholesterol levels and thus reducing the chances of you suffering from hypertension.

 

DEALS WITH MORNING SICKNESS

For mums expecting, this tea may help with morning sickness and treat sore nipples and infections.

Before you use if for morning sickness, always consult your doctor.

Although more studies are required. Nursing mums can take this tea with the approval of their doctors, to increase the flow of milk.

However, do not take more than 2 -4 cups daily.

 

Side Effects of Fennel Seed Tea

May cause allergies

If you are allergic to carrots or celery, remember that fennel comes from the same botanical family, so it is likely that fennel tea may cause an allergic reaction. Be aware of such symptoms as itching, hives, or swelling of the skin. If this happens, stop taking this herbal tea and contact your doctor.

May react with drugs 

If you are taking any medication, talk to your doctor first, as fennel tea may interact with the medication you are taking and enhance the effects more than you desire. If you are prone to blood clots, drink this tea in moderation.

May not be advised for cancer patients

People who have estrogen-dependent cancer must avoid this tea as well. However, it is said that it may be useful to sooth stomach cramps and vomiting after chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer.

May harm fetus

It is best to not to drink too much fennel herbal tea if you are pregnant, as it may become toxic and travel through the placenta and harm the development of the endocrine system of your little one.

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