You know I’ve had plenty of “belly woes,” so this fennel seed tea recipe from Kami McBride is one I’m definitely going to try, especially as the weather gets colder around here! (But I’m betting this is great iced, too!) Enjoy! ~ Ann
This “well belly” fennel seed tea is one of the most used natural remedies in our home. We love fennel tea, because it does so many things for us!
Fennel seed tea as a digestive aid
Fennel seed is one of the most effective digestive aids. This slightly sweet seed, fennel (foeniculum vulgare), helps with nausea, belching, bloating, indigestion, intestinal spasms, and gas.
(I know: all the fun stuff!)
Fennel seed tea is also calming, so it is the perfect tea for people who tend to get bellyaches when they are upset about something.
Do you have anyone in your family like that? We all have our stress spots, but do you know anyone whose stress goes straight to their belly?
Some people call it a nervous stomach, or you’ve probably heard the saying, “It went straight to my stomach.”
My son, Gabriel, is like that. Everything goes to his belly. Anything that he’s worried about gives him a stomachache.
Our 19-year-old cat has not been doing well the last couple of days, so guess what? Gabriel has a stomachache!
He has been drinking fennel seed tea for two days now to help his stomach relax a little so he can eat.
He has had a sensitive stomach since he was little; I don’t know what we would have done all these years without our “well belly” fennel seed tea!
Fennel seed tea for upset stomachs
Fennel seed is one of the best herbal remedies for settling an upset stomach. It calms and relaxes the nerves and the stomach muscles.
This fennel seed tea is definitely a good thing to know about. It stimulates the stomach’s ability to move food through it and eases the uncomfortable feelings of fullness.
This tea also helps with constipation and is especially helpful for constipation that comes with feeling nervous. Fennel seed encourages motility, also called peristalsis.
Peristalsis is the wave-like muscle contractions that move food along the digestive tract so you can have a healthy bowel movement.
I tend to get a little constipated when I travel. I carry fennel tea bags with me and just put them in water. And, well, what can I say? Fennel seed tea helps keep things “on schedule”!
The calming effects of fennel seed tea
Fennel seed tea is not a strong cathartic or laxative. It doesn’t just put you in the bathroom, but helps support the gastrointestinal tract to function optimally.
The herbal term for this action is aperient. An aperient herb supports digestive and elimination function in a gentle way, and that’s just what fennel seed is.
Do you ever have a hard time getting to or staying asleep because your stomach feels a little queasy? If you wake up in the night and your stomach just doesn’t feel right, this tea can turn things around! We even get up in the night to make if we need it for things like this.
This tea can help if you suddenly realize that the food you ate is not sitting well with you. If you’ve eaten something that doesn’t feel right, drink a cup of warm “well belly” fennel seed tea. (There is a reason it has that name!)
Let’s say you have gone to bed. You are so tired, you don’t feel like getting up, but your stomach hurts and you think it is from the food you ate.
Don’t wait until tomorrow! Get up and make yourself this tea! That is how the herbs work best: when you use them at the onset of feeling something, so don’t wait!
Cheers! Here’s to your belly health!
Well Belly Fennel Seed Tea Recipe
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- Bruise fennel seed with a mortar and pestle
- Put fennel and water in a pot with the lid on
- Bring to a boil
- Turn off the heat
- Let sit for ½ hour with the lid on
- Strain fennel from tea
- Reheat and enjoy
Use: 1 to 3 cups a day for an upset stomach
Shelf Life: Tea is good for 2 days kept in the refrigerator