What Is Fennel Tea Good For?


Benefits of fennel teaFennel is an important herb that has been used safely for many thousands of years in Chinese, Indian, Arabian and Western medicines. Aside from its value in cooking as a spice, it has been traditionally used as an aid to digestion and it has many health benefits.

Fennel tea is prepared from crushed or ground mature fennel seeds. These seeds are rich in important volatile oil compounds like anethole, fenchone and estragole that are believed to be responsible for its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial/antimicrobial properties.

Here’s just what fennel tea is good for and how it can help with gastrointestinal problems like bloating, IBS and flatulence.

Bloating and Flatulence

Many people report that drinking fennel tea regularly actually reduces their incidence of both bloating and flatulence.

Once again, it’s the volatile oils that are responsible for this beneficial effect on our digestive system. These compounds help relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract and can assist in reducing stomach cramps and bloating.

As both digesting food and trapped gases pass through our system more easily, there is less chance of foods fermenting and putrefying in the large intestine. In this way, the tea can be a very effective flatulence remedy, particularly for those really smelly farts that can result from undigested food getting stuck in our colon.

Using the Tea for IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition involving the large intestine that affects many people, especially women. Symptoms vary but often include abdominal pain, bloating and stomach cramps, problematic bowel movements and excessive gas.

Fennel tea has been shown to be one of the premier treatments for IBS. The volatile oil compounds in it first help increase the production of gastric juices to get digestion started properly. These same compounds then assist in regulating the contractions of the intestines, helping to relieve intestinal cramps and trapped stomach gas.

Since the volatile oils in the fennel seeds directly impact its effectiveness in treating IBS and other digestive issues, it is worth looking for a tea formulated with a high volatile oil content. The best fennel tea I’ve found online is Heather’s Tummy Tea, made especially strong for treating IBS.

Other Health Benefits of Fennel Tea

  • Fennel tea is a mild diuretic and can help flush excess water and toxins out of the body.
  • Fennel seeds are very high in antioxidants, providing extra protection for your body against free radical cellular damage.
  • The health benefits of fennel tea include anti-inflammatory properties and it may benefit people suffering from joint pain and arthritis.
  • Drinking this herbal tea can help ease a sore throat, reduce a fever and loosen phlegm from your respiratory system.
  • Fennel tea is believed to help lower blood pressure naturally (keep this in mind and discuss with your doctor if you are using blood pressure medication).
  • Fennel seeds are often recommended in traditional herbal medicine as an appetite suppressant and metabolism booster and drinking fennel tea regularly may help with losing weight.
  • The seeds are a great breath freshener. You can either chew them after a meal or drink a strong fennel tea like this for the same effect.
  • Fennel is believed to be an immune system enhancer and many people report an improved sense of relaxation and well-being when they drink it regularly.

Fennel Tea Side Effects

  • There have been very few side effects reported with this herb. In fact, it is so safe that weak fennel tea is often given to babies as a treatment for colic.
  • It is suggested to talk to your doctor before drinking the tea regularly if you are being treated for breast or ovarian cancer due to a possible (but unproven) mild estrogenic effect.
  • Fennel is also not recommended for people prone to seizures or taking seizure medication.
  • Very rarely, allergic reactions to the herb have been observed, particularly in people with an allergy to carrots or celery.

How to Make the Tea at Home

While the cost of fresh fennel seeds is often comparable to the prepared loose tea, some people like to make their own fennel tea at home. Here’s how:

  1. Get a bag of fresh fennel seeds, preferably ones with a high volatile oil content.
  2. Crush up 1 to 2 tablespoons of the seeds with a mortar and pestle.
  3. Put the crushed seeds in a large mug and pour a cup of very hot, but not boiling, water over them (turn the kettle off before just before it boils).
  4. Cover and steep for 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Strain and enjoy, perhaps with a small amount of honey.

If you prefer the convenience of tea bags this high strength fennel tea is particularly good for digestive problems and, from the many positive comments, most people seem to really enjoy the taste as well.

So What is Fennel Tea Good For?

According to WebMD, fennel tea can be good for various digestive problems, including intestinal gas, bloating, heartburn, loss of appetite and even colic in children. If you’re suffering from any of these gastrointestinal issues, a warm cup of fennel tea can provide gentle and natural relief.

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viola

When, and how many cups of fennel tea can a person drink in a day

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    James

    Hi Viola,

    There are very few commonly reported side effects of fennel tea and it is considered safe to drink regularly.

    Hope this helps.

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Honor

I heard drinking the tea can increase your breast milk supply, just was wondering if it is true. Thank you

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    James

    Hi Honor,

    Fennel tea has been traditionally used to increase breast milk supply so it may help with this though individual results will vary. Some people on forums report good results with it.

    Hope this helps.

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    Francesca

    Honor,

    You can also take Fenugreek to increase breast milk supply. I took this a few years ago and it worked great. However, it will make you have a faint smell of maple syrup. I did not mind the maple syrup smell…it made me want pancakes :)

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    James

    Hi Francesca and thanks for your comments.

    I’ve heard that fenugreek along with fennel seeds can be good for breast milk supply and slightly increasing breast size.

    All the best.

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    elizabeth

    it works for breast milk,strength and gas problem

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revathi

is fennel seed really help to me? because I have uneven breast also small.i want bigger boobs. what quantity I need per day to get bigger breast.please help me to get my enjoyable life.

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    James

    Hi there,

    Fennel seeds may slightly increase breast size for some women due to certain compounds in them having a mild estrogenic effect. I don’t know if they would have an effect on uneven breast sizes. Some resources suggest making fennel tea or chewing on the seeds up to 3 times a day before meals.

    Fennel seeds are also a great digestive aid so this may well be a healthy practice regardless but consult a knowledgeable healthcare professional if you are being treated for any condition where this would not be desirable such as reproductive or breast cancer. There is no indictations that fennel seeds would cause these conditions but estrogen should be moderated in these cases.

    Hope this helps.

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barb

Hi, Is it okay to drink fennel tea on a regular basis if you have low blood pressure? I would need it for stomach issues. Thank you.

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    James

    Hi Barb,

    I haven’t read of any problems with fennel tea related to low blood pressure. Like all herbal remedies it’s best to take them away from medications but fennel tea is considered exceptionally safe and even given to babies.

    Hope this helps,

    James

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    Tina wallacew

    N 2007 I was diagnose with stage 0 breast cancer it was calcification.. Would it advisable to drink the tea.

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    Jim

    Hi Tina,

    There is a general warning to avoid heavy use of herbs like fennel seeds when being treated for breast cancer, though soy and other estrogenic foods are considered more of a problem http://flatulencecures.com/using-fennel-seeds-gas-cramps-bloating

    I’d check with your doctor though wouldn’t think an occasional cup would be a problem.

    All the best,

    Jim

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can fennel tea help lose your bloated stmach

can fennel tea help lose a bloated stomach

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    James

    Hi there,

    Yes fennel tea is particularly good for a bloated stomach.

    Hope this helps,

    Jim

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    maggie

    i had gastric bypass two yrs ago, but every day i get so bloated it hurts. how many time a day can i drink fennel tea.. thanks

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    James

    Hi Maggie,

    Fennel tea is so safe it’s given to babies so I don’t see any problem with having it several times a day if you are finding it beneficial.

    All the best,

    Jim

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    Debbie

    I suffered for years with chronic constipation. About six months ago my doctor prescribed Linzess which works wonderful, but leaves me with a bloating feeling. Can I drink fenel tea to help with the bloating or should I drink the tea only, I guesss what I am asking is can I mix the two.

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    Jim

    Hi Debbie,

    I am not aware of any contraindications with fennel tea and that drug but you could check with your doctor. Generally fennel tea has few side effects which are covered here http://flatulencecures.com/using-fennel-seeds-gas-cramps-bloating

    All the best,

    Jim

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Catherine Nicholas

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Mumbi

is fennel tea safe to take while breast feeding? if it causes weight loose will it not affect the baby if it drink the tea

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Alina

I am stunned to find that baby teas are almost unknown in North America. They are part of a newborn’s starter kit in Europe due to their benefits in infantile colic (fennel, chamomille) and toddler and pre-school kids get teas at least once a week with their breakfast in nurseries, kindergardens and school camps. I always loved teas as a kid, because they were served with a touch of sugar or honey (optional) and they were a healthy alternative to the artificial juices. I am talking about herbal 100% natural teas, if possible those from plants collected from unpolluted areas: fresh or dried peppermint leaves, linden flowers, chamomille, rosehips, elderflowers, seabuckthorn, all highly recommended for 3+ kids, babies’ menu is quite limited to fennel, chamomille, anise, mint and caraway. My friend from Canada runs a daycare. She drinks herbal teas quite often but she doesn’t have the courage to serve tea to the kids because they were never given teas at home. There is quite a baby tea industry in Europe, dominated by famous brands like Milupa, Hipp, Humana, Teekanne, and pediatricians call for moms for years to accustom their children to drink tea.

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    James

    Hi Alina,

    I agree that baby herbal teas would be of great benefit. Aside from the immediate health benefits they could also teach children that it’s possible to drink things other than sugary sodas or commercial juices that are destroying their health at a young age.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Maureen

Is fennel tea good for bad breath.

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Cathy

Is Fennel Tea safe to drink if you have Thyroid Disease? I’m hyperthyroid

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    James

    Hi Cathy,

    Fennel tea is generally considered thyroid boosting but I would consult a healthcare professional on this for your individual situation.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Kerlin Foong

Hi can fennel seed really help to lose weight ??? Pls advise me…coz I dun wan to keep drinking cinnamon ….

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Gloria Hartman

I am taking a blood thinner everyday and have been for 10 years now, and will continue for the rest of my life…I am 62. I have to watch what I eat, like green vegetables. Would fennel tea be safe for me to drink, or would it mess with my blood. Thank You, Gloria

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    James

    Hi Gloria,

    Fennel tea may be mildly blood thinning. One cup is unlikely to have an effect but it would be best to consult your doctor on regular use.

    All the best,

    James

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Najma

Is fennel helpful or contraindicated for hyperthyroidism?

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    James

    Hi Najma,

    Fennel tea is usually considered thyroid boosting but I would consult a healthcare professional on this for your individual situation.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Denise

It says not to take it with seizure medication. I take gabapentin for neuropathy. Would that be a problem since technically the gabentin is an anti seizure medication?

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    James

    Hi there and thanks for your comments.

    Unfortunately you’d have to consult your doctor on individual medication reactions.

    All the best,

    Jim

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karen

I was just prescribed a medication of linzess. Would fennell tea be just as effective as the medication? Is there a certain amount needed to take daily.

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cherie

Can fennel tea be taken while taking medication carbimazole for graves disease and metoprolol and bendrofluazide tablets

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    James

    Hi Cherie,

    I’m not aware of any interactions between fennel tea and those medications but it’s always best to check with your doctor and take them well away from each other.

    All the best,

    James

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Jennifer

Hi!
I’m 24 weeks pregnant-is it safe to drink peppermint tea or fennel tea while pregnant?
Thanks,
Jennifer

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    Jim

    Hi Jennifer,

    Occasional fennel tea during pregnancy seems fine. Strong peppermint tea isn’t generally recommended.

    Hope this helps,

    Jim

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Melinda

Hi,

I have extremely large breasts and don’t want them to increase at all. I was reading that the fennel tea can increase breast size, do you recommend I stay away from it?

Thanks.

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    Jim

    Hi Melinda,

    The effect is considered slight at best but if you are sensitive to it then it may be better to avoid it or try only an occasional cup for a month and check your results with it.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Magdalene

Can I chew some of the seeds from the funnel tea bag after I’ve drunk the tea?

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Domanee

My 6 week old baby has colic so I’ve just bought some of these. How many times would you recommend using it?

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    Jim

    Hi Domanee,

    The general recommendation is to make a weak fennel tea. Let it cool and give the baby one or two teaspoons at a time every few hours. It’s recommended to discuss this with your doctor as well.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Eva

Hello
Fennel tea is better to drink before food on empty stomach or after dinner?
Thank you

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    Jim

    Hi Eva,

    If you’re having a meal that might cause problems then before is better. Alternatively, if you get problems after dinner then you can take it as soon as you notice discomfort.

    Hope this helps,

    Jim

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jim

How can a Fennel tea help with IBS when the Fodmap diet tells to stay yaway from Fennel???

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    Jim

    Hi Jim,

    The Fennel plant, similar in appearance to a very wide celery and eaten in a similar way, can be a problem for some people due to indigestible carbohydrates. Fennel seeds on the other hand are rich in volatile oils that are one of the best natural remedies for intestinal contractions and IBS.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Jasmine

Hi I’m 18 and I have very small breasts, within a time frame, if I drink fennel tea or eat the seeds will it increase the size of them? If it does how big or how long do I drink the fennel tea for?

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    Jim

    Hi Jasmine,

    Fennel tea is mentioned to have this effect but I think it would be subtle rather than dramatic. Generally 1 cup a day taken regularly would be the suggested dosage. Fenugreek and green papaya in particular are also recommended for breast enlargement.

    All the best,

    James

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Michelle

Is fennel tea good for acid reflux was told to try it

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    Jim

    Hi Michelle,

    Yes, fennel tea is often recommended for acid reflux.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Sannie

I have high blood pressure and I’m taking medication for it. Is it safe for me to drink fennel tea and should I take it after I take my pill?
Thanks

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    Jim

    Hi Sannie,

    Fennel tea has a mild effect where it may help to lower blood pressure naturally. Given this it’s best to have it at least a couple of hours away from blood pressure medication. Discuss it with your doctor if unsure but usually it would be fine as long as not taken at the same time.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Jennie

Hi

Can you drink Fennel Tea with taking Triphala and also Blackcurrent Oil for the hair.

Thank you

Jennie

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    Jim

    Hi Jennie,

    Yes, these are all very healthy. Though I would have the triphala on an empty stomach away from the other two.

    All the best,

    Jim

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