I have to share how I discovered fennel oil "tea"! Today I polished off the last bowl of one of our family's favorite soups, White Bean & Kale Soup (I add lemon oil - you need to try it!). I ate most of the entire pot of soup within a couple of days since David left for Jackson and I didn't give him much to take with him.... oops! Well, as you might imagine after the large amount of beans consumed in a short timeframe, I started noticing some digestive disruption. Beans don't normally affect me, but this was some serious discomfort!
With each meal I always take at least 1 TerraZyme (digestive enzymes) capsule, but today when I noticed the beans causing unprecedented discomfort I increased TerraZyme to 3 capsules with my meal to provide full-force support. Specifically, the enzyme alpha galactosidase found in TerraZyme breaks down complex polysaccharide sugars found in legumes and cruciferous vegetables that can cause bloating and gas.* TerraZyme really does work amazingly well, but I felt the need for something soothing, too.
Since today was also quite chilly outside, I wanted something warm to drink, so I got creative. I decided to support my digestive system and warm myself up at the same time by making Fennel Oil "Tea"!
Fennel essential oil is steam distilled from the seeds of the fennel plant. It has a sweet, unique licorice aroma and flavor. Normally I am not a fan of anything licorice, but because I know how powerful it is in supporting the digestive system (it's one of the oils in the DigestZen blend) I decided to give it a try.
I added 2 drops of Fennel oil plus 1 drop of liquid stevia to my cup and filled my cup with nearly boiling water. I took a moment to inhale the aroma and then took a sip.... I absolutely LOVED it! I am now such a fan of fennel!!! It would also be wonderful with honey or even just the oil alone since it's sweet. This will become a healthy habit for sure.
Peppermint or ginger oils can also be used the same way to make a "tea", but they have enough of a "bite" to them that make them a little strong for my taste, so fennel oil will be my go to for a digestive support tea as well as a wonderful afternoon warm-up on these chilly days.
Some additional information about this beautiful oil: The fennel plant can grow up to six feet in height and has delicate, feathery leaves. The history of Fennel use dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to promote healthy digestion is equally noteworthy.* Fennel may help support the health of the lungs and respiratory tract and can be added to water or tea to help fight sweet tooth cravings.* Fennel is also known for its ability to promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation.*
Sign me up! I truly am a fan of fennel for sure! And yes, it did provide the additional relief I was seeking ;)
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Holly Mays has been on a journey to share natural ways of supporting health and wellness since 2010 when she graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. She is a recognized as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She and her husband, David Mays, became dōTERRA Wellness Advocates in February 2012 and found their passion in empowering people through education to use dōTERRA essential oils, supplements and non-toxic products as a foundation for health and wellness and to create a life of purpose.
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