Stomach cramps can be caused by many reasons such as constipation, indigestion, flatulence, nausea or menstrual problems. These bouts of pain, which often come in installments, can interfere with your daily activities and leave you in distress.
However, if you want to skip those OTC pills to treat your knotting stomach, we’ve got a home fix that can relieve the pain and soothe your grumpy gut—fennel seeds.
How Do Fennel Seeds Work?
These seeds, resembling dill, are known for their carminative properties that can deal with various digestive problems such as indigestion, heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, and even colic in infants.
They are rich in important volatile oil compounds like anethole, fenchone and estragole which have the ability to relax the smooth the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, thus reducing cramps. These oils also stimulate the production of bile, which aids in better digestion and prevents tummy troubles.
How To Use Them
- Munch on 1tsp of fennel seeds after meals. Make sure you chew them well.
- You can also make a tummy-soothing fennel tea by boiling 1tsp-2tsp of crushed fennel seeds with a cup of water. Steep it for 10 minutes and drink once cool. Have it twice daily for better results.
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