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The best fennel tea recipes and their effects
Among all fennel preparations, fennel tea allows a wide range of uses. No wonder, because the internal use of tea allows the active ingredients of fennel to be optimally distributed in the body. On the other hand, fennel can also be dosed precisely through the tea preparation and thus individually adapted to existing health complaints. Below we reveal the best tea recipes for fennel and give an insight into how it works.
Medicinal effects of fennel
Fennel is one of the oldest medicinal herbs in the world and is said to have existed as early as 3000 BC. In Mesopotamia at that time. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans also knew about the healing power of fennel and used it as standard for digestive problems. In the Middle Ages, a number of other areas of application were added, including classic women's problems, heart problems and respiratory diseases. In all of the cases mentioned, fennel tea can be helpful and, depending on the dosage of the tea herbs, relieve mild and also severe health problems.
Effect of fennel tea
Tea is basically a good means of bringing medicinal plant ingredients to their place of use in the body. The metabolism can easily absorb the substances dissolved in water as soon as they have arrived in the digestive tract. In the event of digestive problems, fennel tea immediately begins its healing work upon arrival in the stomach and intestines. In addition, the tea provides a good hydration, which is also conducive to easier digestion.
Digestive problems are often a problem, especially for pregnant women, since the child in the lower abdomen not only lets the hormonal balance, but also the metabolism, out of balance. One of the reasons why fennel is the preferred tea herb for mothers-to-be. Fennel tea also promises a double effect for breathing difficulties. In addition to the medicinal effects, the warmth of the tea is beneficial for the respiratory tract. It calms the throat, stimulates the immune system and makes it difficult for infectious agents to survive in the "heated" body climate.
The most beneficial properties of fennel tea are for women. The medicinal herb literally helps the female sex in every situation. For example, menstrual pain responds positively to treatment with fennel tea, since it contains phythoestrogens that regulate the cycle. During pregnancy, fennel relieves pregnancy-related bloating and other abrasions in the gastrointestinal tract, which result from the special hormone levels of pregnant women and the spatial changes in the abdomen. In turn, during breastfeeding, fennel stimulates milk secretion and is also said to positively support the taste of breast milk. And even during menopause, fennel tea can help troubled women. The aforementioned estrogen-like effects of its ingredients compensate for the menopausal estrogen deficiency, which can be responsible for a number of menopausal symptoms, including sweating and mood swings.
By the way: Fennel tea should also help with heart problems, itching, migraines and depression!
Production of fennel tea
Fennel tea is usually made from the seeds of the plant, which are obtained from the cylindrical fruits of the fennel harvested in autumn. The fruits are ribbed in a similarly striking manner to the plant's edible tuber. For a cup of tea, take about a teaspoon of the dried fennel seeds. Depending on the drawing time, their effect is stronger or weaker. In low concentrations, pure fennel tea is particularly valued for the treatment of the so-called 3-month flatulence, which many infants suffer from as a result of their still unstable digestive function.
Tea can also be more concentrated for adult complaints. They also like to combine fennel seeds with other tea herbs to achieve an improved healing effect in the case of health problems. Below we have listed some of the best tea recipes for you.
Recipe 1: breastfeeding tea made from anise, fennel and caraway
Anise is one of the most popular combination herbs in terms of fennel. Since both herbs belong to the umbelliferae family (Apiaceae), they are closely related, which is also reflected in their similar mode of action. The same applies to caraway seeds, another umbellifera, which together with anise and fennel make an extremely spicy tea. Both the wort and the active ingredients of the tea herbs have a special effect on the milk flow of breastfeeding mothers, which stimulates and enhances the taste. The same tea blend has also proven itself against a bloated belly.
- 40 g fennel seeds,
- 40 g anise seeds,
- 20 g caraway seeds.
Put the herbs in a cup of boiling water and leave the tea covered for about ten minutes. Then sieve the herbs and drink the tea in small sips. It is best to enjoy the tea three times a day after meals.
tip: As an alternative to aniseed fennel and caraway tea, a decoction can also be made from 30 g fennel, 50 g goat clover and 50 g carrot seeds. In the case of breast infections during breastfeeding, mothers can also take a cup of tea made from 10 g fennel and 10 g celandine three times a day.
Recipe 2: Fennel Peppermint Tea for Indigestion
The combination herbs for flatulence are relatively extensive in the case of fennel. After a while, everyone develops their own “secret recipe”. A mixture of peppermint and fennel has proven itself, which can be refined with small amounts of other herbs if necessary. An example:
- 15 g fennel seeds
- 20 g peppermint leaves
- 10 g bitter clover
- 10 g anise seeds
Put three teaspoons of this mixture in a cup with hot water, leave for ten minutes and then filter the herbs. The tea is drunk between meals.
Recipe 3: fennel tea with an irritated digestive tract
A nervous gut or stomach suggests the combination of fennel and soothing herbs. Valerian and chamomile, for example, offer a good option here. To do this, create a tea blend from the following herbs:
- 30 g fennel
- 30 g caraway seeds
- 30 g valerian root
- 15 g chamomile flowers
- 14 g lemon balm leaves
Put two teaspoons of it in a cup of boiling water. The tea should brew for five to ten minutes before drinking. The maximum daily dose is two to three cups.
Recipe 4: fennel with peppermint and valerian for cardiac neurosis
In mint and valerian there are also two excellent combination herbs for a fennel tea against cardiac anxiety. The tea blend looks like this:
- 20 g fennel,
- 30 g peppermint leaves,
- 40 g valerian.
Take a teaspoon of it and stir into 1/4 liter of cold water. The tea base should remain still for about two hours before heating. After boiling, the herbs are filtered off as usual and the tea is drunk in sips.
Recipe 5: cough tea with fennel
In addition to cough, this recipe also works for bronchitis and other breathing difficulties. In addition to fennel seeds, it contains a decent amount of ribwort and thyme - two plants commonly known as lung herbs.
- 40 g ribwort,
- 40 g thyme,
- 35 g licorice root,
- 25 g fennel.
First mix the herbs well. Then remove three teaspoons and pour a cup of boiling water over them. The brewing time is ten minutes before the herbs are filtered off before drinking.
tip: An alternative tea mixture for respiratory diseases, which is said to even help with asthma, consists of 20 g fennel, elderflower, caraway, ribwort and purple leaf. However, only one teaspoon of this should be used per cup and the tea should not be drunk more than three times a day.
Side effects with fennel tea
People with proven allergy to umbelliferae or other plants, as well as people with pollen allergy and hay fever, must be careful when using fennel tea. If in doubt, it is advisable to test the tea in small quantities first or to have an allergy test carried out. More information about fennel can be found in the article: Fennel - application and effects. (ma)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Miriam Adam, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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