Fennel infusion

What is fennel

Fennel is a spontaneous perennial herbaceous plant typical of the Mediterranean basin that belongs to the family of the umbelliferae. There are two qualities: cultivated (or sweet) and wild fennel or fennel. Cultivated fennel is used in our kitchens as a vegetable. To prepare the herbal tea it is necessary to use wild fennel which is found in all herbalists. The fruits, improperly called “seeds”, of the plant are used to prepare the infusion. Fennel fruits contain mineral salts, vitamins and a volatile oil rich in anethole, which gives the product its characteristic digestive function and its unmistakable scent. The wild fennel harvest takes place between the end of August and September.

Benefits of fennel tea

The best known benefit of fennel infusion is the digestive effect due to an anti-fermentative action that counteracts abdominal swelling. The ideal is to have a cup at the end of the meal. Lately, other qualities of fennel tea have been discovered. The same is anti-meteoric and acts on the muscles of the colon by relaxing it: this feature is very useful for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. This herbal tea can be used, after hearing the opinion of the pediatrician, even by small children to combat abdominal colic. Even breastfeeding mothers can use it as it increases milk production, gives it a good taste and the anti-colic effect passes into breast milk. Rinses with the

Other uses of fennel seeds

Fennel lends itself to many other uses. Fennel seeds can be chewed as they are to combat bad breath. They can be added to meat dishes, in particular to pork as occurs in many typical cured meats of Basilicata and Puglia. Some types of bread or baked desserts are enriched with this aroma. Fish can be flavored with fennel which gives it a note of freshness. A classic example is the typical pasta with sardines which includes the addition of fennel in its preparation. You can also prepare an excellent liqueur that preserves the beneficial properties of this plant. The infusion can also be used to make eye packs in case of conjunctivitis or blepharitis as it is an excellent anti-inflammatory.

Fennel infusion: Contraindications of fennel infusion

The fennel contains estragole, albeit in a very small percentage, a component that if used for a long time and in large quantities can be harmful therefore the use of the fennel infusion must not be continued for long periods and the dosages must not be excessive ( two cups of herbal tea a day are enough). Anyone who is allergic to the active ingredients of apiaceae (a family of plants that includes anise, dill and coriander) or asteraceae must avoid their intake. Those who are allergic to apples may show signs of intolerance to this product. High doses of fennel can be irritating to the mucous membranes. In the event that you are taking drugs and during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is still a good idea to consult your doctor.

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