From battling cold to fighting inflammation, here are 5 lesser-known benefits of fennel teaPublished on: 28 October 2020, 13:37 pm IST
We’re so used to eating saunf after meals, be it at Indian restaurants or weddings. It wouldn’t be much of an overstatement to share that we actually look forward to this amazing mouth freshener! After all, its subtle taste and its aroma is sure to bowl anyone over, isn’t it?
But did you know brewing it into your cup of tea can be an equally enriching experience? Yes, you heard it right! You can boil saunf, also known as fennel seeds, or add it to milk tea. It provides the same sweetness and smell to your cuppa, making it all the more comforting. Turns out, it can also boost your health!
Fennel tea isn’t just something to sip on after meals. There are multiple health benefits it provides, if you have a few cups regularly:
1. Fights cold
Given that fennel seeds have antibacterial properties, a cup of fennel tea can be incredibly soothing, when you’re down with a bad cold. In fact, you should brew yourself a cup of tea the moment you feel the initial signs of flu. Simply add half a teaspoon of fennel seeds to your milk tea, while brewing it. It will help reduce the impact of the cold by inhibiting the actions of the pathogens.
2. Relieves menstrual cramps
Menstrual cramps happen primarily due to muscle spasms, but fennel has properties that can relax muscles. The warmth in a cup of fennel tea will soothe your body. What’s more, a study published in PubMed Central notes that consuming fennel seeds can relieve pain during periods.
3. Helps with menopause
The symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, mood swings and sleep disturbances can cause severe discomfort. However, having fennel tea regularly can soothe such symptoms and bring about relief. A study published by the Journal of Menopausal Medicine notes that the intake of fennel can prove to be of use when dealing with menopause.
4. Improves digestion
Fennel seeds have properties that can alleviate digestive stress. It is especially helpful for those who suffer from constipation, given that it can relax your muscles. What’s more, it is known to relieve bloating by enabling the passing of gas. So, if you’ve had a heavy meal, you should definitely brew yourself a cup of fennel tea for improved digestion.
5. Soothes inflammation
It is very important to keep inflammation levels in the body in control. An increase in inflammation can lead to an increased risk of several health ailments. Research published in PubMed Central observed that fennel can help to bring inflammation markers under control.
So, go ahead and add fennel seeds to your tea to boost overall health!