Dramatic in appearance and mildly aniseed in flavour, FENNEL is a favourite of gardeners and chefs alike. And this versatile herb also has plenty of benefits for our health, supporting everything from digestion to the heart to breastfeeding and menopause.
Although both the bulb and the seeds of the fennel plant can be eaten, and are used in a range of dishes, this herb also makes a delicious addition to a herbal tea blend. Not only does its aniseed flavour add some natural sweetness, but its range of health benefits also make it a great ingredient for herbal tea.
WHAT IS FENNEL?
A native of the Mediterranean region, fennel is part of the carrot family – which can be seen in its elegant waving fronds. It is now grown in many areas of the world and thrives in coastal areas or near rivers.
Fennel plants can grow large, with some reaching as high as 7 foot tall. They can be beautifully ornamental in the garden, and are also prized in the kitchen, with both the bulb and the seeds used in cooking.
As a herbal tea, fennel has a long history of use.Traditionally used as a herbal medicine for digestive issues, reproductive health, and to support the digestion, fennel tea was also said to give courage to warriors before they went into battle.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of fennel in more detail.
IS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Like many herbs and other plants, fennel is packed with antioxidants, like vitamin C, as well as other plant compounds that support our health. As a result, fennel may act as an anti-inflammatory.
Since chronic inflammation is associated with many serious health conditions, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 2 diabetes, getting plenty of anti-inflammatory herbs in your diet is a great way to protect your overall health.
SUPPRESSES THE APPETITE
Fennel is also a popular natural aid to weight loss, since it helps to suppress the appetite and reduce cravings.
Research suggests that those who drink fennel tea before eating will consume less than those who drink a placebo tea instead.
Fennel is utilised as one of the ingredients in NutraTrim Tea.
REDUCES GAS AND BLOATING
Another popular use for fennel is in supporting the digestion – especially when it comes to beating gas and bloating. It helps to relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, which in turn relieves stomach cramps, gas, and constipation.
Fennel is incorporated into the NutraCleanse tea for this specific purpose.
SUPPORTS CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Fennel is packed with fibre, which makes it a natural aid for heart health. Diets that are higher in fibre are associated with a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular issues.
Fennel also contains minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium that your body needs to keep your cardiovascular system healthy and maintain a good blood pressure.
Another traditional use of fennel is in supporting breastfeeding. Known as a galactagogue, fennel seeds are said to stimulate the production of breastmilk, so are often recommended to nursing mothers.
Fennel finds application in alleviating digestive problems and relieving trapped gas in colicky infants (as well as their mothers), making it a key ingredient in the NutraMother tea.
RELIEVES THE SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE
There’s growing evidence that fennel can support us during the menopause too –studies have found that it can help to relieve symptoms like insomnia, low libido, hot flushes, and vaginal dryness.
Fennel is also said to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety. With so many women struggling to rest during menopause, this is another great reason to drink fennel tea during this stage of life. Fennel is included as an ingredient in the NutraRelax blend.