Fennel tea

Fennel: general characteristics

Wild fennel or fennel, whose scientific name is Foeniculum vulgare, belongs to the Apiacea family. It is a herbaceous plant native to the Mediterranean area, known as a flavoring since very ancient times but only cultivated since the sixteenth century. Fennel is a wild plant that grows spontaneously under certain conditions and is perennial. The stem is erect and branches out in copious ramifications. The plant can reach considerable heights reaching almost 2 meters. The leaves are reminiscent of hay but are greenish in color, flowering occurs in summer and the fennel develops small yellow flowers, gathered in umbrella-shaped inflorescences. The fruits, on the other hand, are achenes that change color according to the degree of ripeness.

Fennel herbal tea: properties

The best way to make the most of all the properties of the plant is certainly to prepare a fennel tea. But what exactly are the phytotherapeutic properties of fennel? The plant contains substances that bring significant benefits to the body such as phencone, ketone, dipinene and methylcavic acid. The fennel tea therefore, thanks to the presence of these active ingredients, is particularly suitable for counteracting poor digestion and stomach problems, especially in the presence of swelling and meteorism. In addition to its remarkable digestive properties, fennel is also an excellent carminative, purifying and diuretic. It also appears that it can also be used as an anti-inflammatory. Finally, the use of fennel in the form of a mouthwash helps to make the breath fresh.

Fennel herbal tea: how to prepare it?

But how do you prepare an excellent fennel tea? First of all it must be said that the fruits of fennel are used to prepare the herbal tea and that they are almost never used alone, but always together with other herbs with similar phytotherapeutic properties. In any case, to prepare a simple fennel herbal tea you need approximately 5 grams of fruit per 150 ml of water. The water that must not have reached the boiling point must be poured directly on the quantity of fennel indicated, since in this way the active ingredients are preserved, avoiding their dispersion and keeping the beneficial virtues of the plant intact. Finally, let it cool down and add two drops of lemon. The fennel tea should be consumed preferably once or twice a day, in a milk cup,

Fennel herbal tea: contraindications

But are there any contraindications to using fennel tea? At the indicated doses, the fennel tea shows no particular side effects. However, in some subjects allergic to Apiacea, inflammation of the tongue and gums can occur, causing burning and itching. It also seems that fennel tea reduces the absorption and therefore the effectiveness of some antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin. Finally, it is necessary to make a final recommendation. In the past, fennel tea was highly recommended to nurses and mothers as it stimulates the production of prolactin, and was also indicated as a remedy for colic in newborns. It should be remembered that recent studies have shown the dangerousness of a component of fennel, the

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