Benefits of Fennel and Nettle Tea
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The mild liquorice flavoured Fennel tea herb is native to the Mediterranean region.
Fennel is naturally caffeine-free. It is commonly used as an after dinner digestive aid in Spain, India and Italy.
Fennel has anti-spasmodic properties. Research also shows it has some anti-bacteria properties.
It is a natural detoxifier and a breath freshener.
It stimulates the production of gastric juices. It works by relaxing muscles in the digestive and reproductive systems.
Fennel also stimulates movement of food through the stomach and intestines. In addition, it can put a stop to intestinal spasms.
Fennel is quite gentle. Babies can therefore use fennel tea. Its gastrointestinal benefits include:
Promoting good digestion
Helping indigestion and constipation
Alleviating bloating and gas
Relieving stomach aches
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms relief
Crohn's Disease, colitis and diverticulitis relief
Many herbalists and naturopaths do say that the antihistamines in nettle make it an excellent treatment for hay fever. In one study, participants taking two 300-milligram capsules of nettle daily reported that their hay fever symptoms were significantly reduced. Nettle is also sometimes used to loosen congestion and open the bronchial airways in people with asthma or allergies.
Nettle may help people with arthritis to reduce their dosage of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which have been found to cause stomach upset and gastrointestinal bleeding with overuse. In one German study, people eating stewed nettle leaves needed only one-fourth as much NSAID as those taking drugs alone to experience the same pain relief. Nettle also contains large amounts of boron and silicon, two minerals that help ease symptoms of arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.
Nettle is also a natural diuretic. It helps the body eliminate uric acid and bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) and kidney stones. The diuretic action of nettle may also help lower blood pressure and relive premenstrual bloating.
Edited by: EGRAMMY at: 1/2/2011 (19:10)
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