Extensively used during the ancient era for digestive disorders, fennel seeds are most popular for their digestive healing properties. In the old days, people used fennel seeds for digestion of food properly, to increase milk production in their women and to keep hunger at bay. Over time, people have discovered more uses for fennel and now, it’s probably the only medicinal plant in the world with as many diverse uses as these.
It’s a wonder plant that’s perfect for all kinds of intestinal and digestive ailments. You can use it as a dyspepsia remedy, constipation remedy, vomiting remedy and many others. There are no known serious side-effects of fennel seeds so they are safe-so safe, even, that babies suffering from colic can take them. Following are some of the most common digestive problems that fennel seeds can remedy.
- Indigestion. Because it’s a famous remedy for indigestion, ancient people have found a way to include fennel seeds in their cooking. Fennel seeds aid in digestion of food effectively, thus preventing indigestion and acid indigestion or dyspepsia. It stimulates the production of bile that helps in digesting food thoroughly.
- Constipation. Fennel seeds contain dietary fibers that largely help in preventing constipation. Fennel seeds also cleanse the intestines, flushing out toxins out of the body and aids in the removal of blockages in the intestinal tracts. All these promote regular bowel movement and make taking fennel seeds regularly truly beneficial.
- Diarrhea, gastroenteritis and vomiting. Diarrhea caused by bacteria and parasites in the body can be remedied by taking fennels. Fennel seeds have anti-bacterial properties and substances that treat inflammation of the intestines and cures symptoms of gastroenteritis that include vomiting.
- Acid reflux and other intestinal spasms. Fennels seeds have excellent curative properties that treat acid reflux or heartburn and other intestinal spasms. It has carminative and anti-spasmodic properties that relieve flatulence, stomach gas, colic and all kinds of stomach pain.
HOW TO CONSUME AND PREPARE FENNEL SEEDS
Fennel seeds can be chewed after meals. If you got them commercially, you can already chew the product directly. Straight from the garden, you also have the option to heat and roast them after drying them under the sun. You can take as much as one and a half teaspoon daily or approximately 7 to 9 grams. It’s best to chew them well before swallowing for faster absorption of its healing properties.
You can also brew fennels and make a tea. The leaves and the “seeds” or fruit of the plant fennel can be used when making teas. Use about ¾ teaspoon crushed fennel seeds for a cup of water. Heat the seeds in the water but do not let it boil because boiling them will rob it of of its nutrients. If you want some variation in your tea, you can also check out many ways of adding fennels to your tea on the Internet.
Of course, you can drink fennel seeds tea even when you’re not feeling ill. Regular intake of fennel seeds tea will greatly improve your overall health condition. So, if you use fennel seeds for digestion and better absorption of food nutrients, you can also benefit from its many health-promoting properties in the process.