Fennel seeds - the stomach soother spice

We have already talked about ginger and how it helps with nausea, gastric irritation and flatulence. Please see, 'Superfood-ginger'-

Fennel seeds too are great for the stomach.  Remember the gripe water your mother gave you as a baby or you gave your own children for colic? That was made from fennel.  In adults fennel seeds can help relieve heartburn and indigestion.  They help digestion, they are carminative and so relieve flatulence.  They are also a good source of fibre which helps relieve constipation and by doing so helps relieve bloating.  

Fennel is often used in curries for its aromatic qualities.  Please see my 'Chickpea, squash and coconut curry' http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/meatless-monday-chickpea-squash-and.html .  Fennel seeds can also be used to make a tea or chew a few seeds before meals.

Fennel is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women or women with hormone sensitive conditions.

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