Fennel is a lovely garden plant. It has fine-cut, fernlike foliage. It is also a delicious vegetable. The seeds are considered the most active medicinal parts. I grow fennel in a large pot and nibbles on the fronds when my stomach feels bad from overeating or consuming an excess of rich foods. Fennel is antispasmodic and relieves gas. It’s a great herb for children to take, as it has an appealing anise flavor. It can also be used for colicky babies. Dr. Donna recommends the herb to nursing moms frequently, as it can increase the flow of breast milk. If a mother consumes an herb, such as anise, while nursing, the medicinal effects of the herb can be transferred to the child without having to administer the herb directly. Fennel relieves cramping of the stomach and the intestines, and can also calm a cough.
Indigestion can feel like a burning sensation in the stomach, and it can be accompanied by a feeling of fullness, bloating, and gas. The cause of indigestion is overeating, consuming alcohol, or rich foods. Stress can also aggravate indigestion. As it is a condiment as well as carminative it is also used for flatulence. It is also used in dyspepsia i-e incomplete digestion.
Fennel Seed Decoction for Indigestion
Here’s a tasty fennel seed tea for helping relieve your indigestion. It can be used to relieve colic or increase the flow of breast milk, also. Fennel tea is a tasty after-dinner beverage, as well.
To use fennel seed medicinally, make a standard decoction by boiling 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of fennel seed for 20 minutes in a covered pot. Strain and drink 3 to 4 cups daily.
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