Well known for their medicinal properties, fennel is grown in several regions of temperate or subtropical climate, but has origins in the Mediterranean. Also known as anise and fennel, the herb flavor can be used in foods such as aromatizer or in form of tea. Scientific name Pinpinella anisum, the plant can be easily found for purchase at fairs, markets, health food stores and pharmacies.
The fennel can be used effectively in relieving gases, combating intestinal colic, aid in digestion, blood pressure control, and can contribute to weight loss. The herb has bulb flavonoids similar to estrogen and, therefore, the fennel consumption further decreases the risk of cancer in women.
Rich in fibers, the plant increases satiety and helps regulate the bowel function, reducing hunger and abdominal swelling. The presence of malic acid helps reduce the desire to eat sweets, aiding in weight loss. With antioxidant, the herb is effective in combating free radicals, responsible for premature skin aging.
The herb also act as relaxing, dewormer, antirheumatic, a muscle relaxant, antispasmodic, expectorant, tonic, healing, natural sedative, diuretic, diaphoretic, galactagogue, antidispéptico and stimulating, and its composition is made up of vitamins A, B and C, fiber, sodium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, water and carbohydrates. Its consumption helps combat cough, prevent bad breath and for women breast-feeding, the tea helps in milk production while helping to prevent colic babies.
Consumption of sweet herb also helps in the treatment of heartburn, asthma, bronchitis, spasms, stomach ache, headache, inflammation, indigestion, palpitations, swelling, flu, colds, catarrh and a runny nose.
To prepare the tea, you will need:
- 1 liter of water
- 3 tablespoons sweet dried grass seed
In a container, place the water and cook, waiting to reach boil. Then add the tablespoons fennel and turn off the fire and let the mixture sit for about five minutes. Strain and consume next. You can sweeten, but the ideal is to eat no sugar, no more than three cups a day.
The fennel consumption is contraindicated for pregnant women, because the seeds can trigger contractions and lead to miscarriage. Furthermore, it is also contraindicated for patients with duodenal ulcer, reflux disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis.