Trying to consume all of your daily requirements for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can be a real struggle. It can be so easy to lose track of whether or not you’re taking in the right amount of what your body needs to live a healthy, balanced life.
Over the past few years, studies looking into the health benefits of fennel tea have shown this delicious drink is incredibly rich in everything from vitamin A to zinc.
Here, I’ll show you how regularly increasing the amount of fennel in your diet can drastically boost your overall health as well as a few added fennel tea benefits that might not be so widely known.
1. Improves Hair
Starting at the very top, Fennel seed tea is exorbitantly rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium and manganese. What this means is that dandruff, itchy scalp, hair breakage and shedding can all be fought with a nice, relaxing brew. It even helps to stave off those grey hairs you might have noticed coming through recently.
2. Boosts Mental Health
Fennel tea naturally releases endorphins, one of the most addictive chemicals in the human body, which make you feel good and can combat depression. Also, by having a high concentration of potassium, your brain functions will be greatly improved as well as having an increased supply of oxygen which could help delay dementia.
3. Healthy Eyes
In 2008, Fennel was tested to treat glaucoma in rabbits. While further testing needs to be done in order to fully establish these links in humans, the vitamin A found in the fennel plant can help you keep your eyesight sharp.
4. Clearer and Smoother Skin
If you’re prone to outbreaks and acne, Fennel is packed full of antiseptics which combat the bacteria from the inside while partnering this with anti-inflammatories which soothe irritated skin. The compounds limonene, anthole and myrcene all aid this process and provide you with healthier skin if consumed daily.
5. Healthy Gums
Gargling Fennel tea, due to its vitamin C content, can help to maintain healthy gums while fighting bad breath. I’d recommend icing the tea first or at least leaving it to cool for a while. Gargling hot tea will likely be more pain than pleasure if attempted.
6. Eases Sinus Problems and Sore Throats
In Ayurveda medicine, one of the world’s oldest holistic styles of treatment dating back nearly 3,000 years, Fennel has long been used to treat sinus problems as well as throat, ear and nasal issues thanks to all the vitamin C it holds.
7. Hormonal Balance
Particularly for women, the estrogenic substances found in fennel tea can have a great effect on the body’s hormonal balance. These phytoestrogens work with the progresterones to lighten the effects of a period.
8. Immune System Boost
Three of the major antioxidant vitamins required for a healthy and well-functioning immune system are beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. Do you know what’s rich in all these? Yep, fennel.
9. Fights Anemia
Anemia is the most common blood disorder in the United States affecting more than three million Americans. Drinking fennel tea regularly can help to boost the production of hemoglobin, a component of your red blood cells. The high concentration of iron and histamines in your herbal tea can help to prevent this staggeringly common but preventable illness.
10. Increased Production of Red Blood Cells
While I’m on the topic of red blood cells, Fennel doesn’t just help to increase the amount of hemoglobin in the cells, it also helps to increases the number of them. Copper and iron are both valuable ingredients when your body’s making these cells and fennel is rich in both.
11. Helps to Combat Respiratory Problems
Respiratory problems, such as Angina, could be a knock-on consequence of anemia and fennel can help to stave this off. Angina is pain in the chest caused by a lack of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. To keep up a regular flow of this blood to the heart, fennel is an easy and delicious way.
12. Strengthens Your Heart
Not only can fennel help to improve the quality and amount of blood that your heart is using, it can also help to lower cholesterol levels. Basically this means that regular consumption of fennel can lower blood pressure, helping blood travel more easily throughout the body which can only be a good thing for your overall health.
13. Cleanses Blood
Fennel’s all-round health benefits to your blood even extend to cleansing and de-toxifying any outside elements that might be in there. Particularly in tea, fennel has been proven to promote healthy urine flow and cleanse the liver which can fight myriad illnesses including jaundice.
14. Increased Strength
Ever since Prometheus’s theft, the Greeks have considered fennel to be a sign of strength and longevity. Certainly, with the amount of benefits to your health that the regular consumption of fennel brings, you understand why they’d think this. The jury’s out on whether or not it’ll improve your courage, though.
15. Improved Digestive Health
One of fennel’s most vital uses has always been as a stomach settler due to its anti-spasmodic qualities. That is to say, if your stomach feels upset, a cup of fennel tea is a fast-acting measure to stabilize its acidity and return to normal levels.
16. Kills Internal Parasites
Fennel tea is an excellent, natural way to rid yourself of parasitic infections. Its natural antiseptic qualities, coupled with its promotion of a healthy digestive system, mean that it’ll be much easier to flush out unwanted elements inside of you.
17. Reduction of Bloating/Flatulence
The same volatile oils, also known as essential oils, found in fennel which make them ideal after-dinner snacks also make them perfect to avoid feeling bloated and any unwanted gas. By easing food’s movement through your gut by relaxing and soothing the muscles, the chance of it fermenting internally are greatly reduced.
18. Weight Loss
As fennel helps the movement of food through your digestive tract, so too it can help the processing of liquids. Water retention is greatly reduced through regular consumption as well as the metabolic rate receiving a generous boost.
19. Natural Way to Combat IBS
It’s estimated that between 25 to 45 million people suffer from IBS in the United States with roughly two-thirds of that number made up of women. Fennel’s anti-spasmodic qualities can ease this uncomfortable condition for millions of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome through regularly drinking fennel tea.
20. Cure for Diarrhea
If it is caused by a bacterial infection, fennel can even have beneficial effects in relieving diarrhea thanks to anetol and cineole – both are disinfectants and antibacterial – while histidine works with the gut to aid indigestion.
21. Can Help to Treat PMT
In 2013, Iranian scientists studied the affect fennel had on a small group of women in regards to the reduction of pre-menstrual tension. This condition affects three-quarters of women with 40 per cent of those women having their quality of life compromised. After eight weeks of testing, the ‘severity of had reduced so much that they could do their jobs and have normal relationships with their friends and family.’ It even helped reduce depression in these women.
22. Beneficial for Pregnant Women
Fennel’s benefits to pregnant women is extremely wide in scope – even Hippocrates noted that regular consumption would increase milk flow for mothers. It has also been used to treat morning sickness, sore nipples and internal infection for expecting women. Although, while great for you, you shouldn’t exceed any more than two to four cups a day when incorporating fennel tea into a balanced diet, particularly if you’re pregnant. Too much of a good thing and all that.
23. Post-Menopausal Benefits
The positive effects of fennel extend after menopause for women, too, as it’s been proven to contains folates which create folic acid, crucial in improving endothelial function and helping with hot flushes.
24. Beneficial to Cancer Patients
While there is still work to do to prove that Fennel can be used a real combatant against cancerous cells, the early studies are positive. A 2008 study showed excellent results when several of the vitamins and anti-oxidants found in fennel were proven to be effective in fighting cancer. Furthermore, due its anti-spasmodic properties, it can be particularly useful in settling the stomachs of patients who feel sick after chemotherapy.
25. Prevents Reactions of Free Radicals
Free Radicals are the unstable and rapid-forming cells in your body that can lead to cancer and a number of other life-threatening illnesses but, fortunately, fennel contains a powerful antioxidant called Kaemoferol which fights the actions of free radicals while also having beneficial anti-inflammatory effects.
26. Increased Libido
The Egyptians thought that fennel improved libido when consumed regularly and it’s since been proven to boost the male and female libido. The key to this is fennel helping the body to increase dopamine production.
27. Cures Colic
For infants, small doses of fennel can work wonders when combatting colic. Fennel tea has been used as a treatment for this condition for centuries and can even be passed from a breastfeeding mother to her child if she drinks it.
28. Natural Arthritis Remedy
Due to its vast wealth of anti-inflammatories, fennel can be used to combat the torture of arthritis if consumed daily. It contains such a wealth of these vital components that it can help fight almost any illnesses related to joint pain.
29. It Might Protect You Against Evil Spirits
Ok, so there’s no disputing that this has less scientific backing than the other points made in this article. However, people in medieval Europe used to believe that fennel seeds, when into keyholes could ward off evil and malicious spirits. This remedy was even more potent on Midsummer’s Eve. If you need any more convincing as to the benefits of fennel, just take some seeds and test this out tonight :-)