Many recognize fennel seed as a culinary staple with a mild taste that is reminiscent to licorice. The fennel plant was introduced to other parts of the world from the Mediterranean. It is known as a common tea and drink in parts of Europe, where it is commonly enjoyed after a meal as a digestive aid. There has been much praise given to the helpful properties of fennel seed tea, particularly those pertaining to the digestive area. For this reason, it is uncommon for herbalists to suggest use of this tea to those who experience gastrointestinal problems on a regular basis, such as those who suffer from IBS.
IBS, also known as irritable bowel syndrome, is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the digestive system. Although it is generally not considered damaging to the gastrointestinal system, it can bring on flare ups of symptoms that can be discomforting and troubling for the affected person. Some of the common symptoms that are experienced by those who have been diagnosed with IBS are cramping, stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, sometimes even both. IBS has been known to affect anyone though it has been noted as being more common in females and people that are under the age of 45.
There is still much speculation revolving around the causes of IBS, though there are some theories that it may be caused by issues between signals between the brain and the gut. Other theories have made a note of other potential causes such as genetics, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, body chemicals, as well as food sensitivities.
Fennel seed tea is, by no means, a cure for IBS. Though many of those who suffer from IBS, claim to find relief in the relaxing effects of the tea. Fennel seed tea has the potential to relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal system, reducing spasms while encouraging proper digestion in the body. Fennel seed is considered very safe to use, provided you do not have any history of allergic reactions to the fennel plant. If you are looking for a more natural way to ease some of the symptoms of IBS, looking into herbal teas like fennel seed may definitely be of interest to you.