Fenneltea is a drink prepared by boiling or soaking the seeds of the fennel plant, a perennial herb indigenous to the Mediterranean area. The plant has been used by humans for thousands of years, and is now found growing wild in many regions of the world. The usage of the plant is generally as a spice for cooking or as a dietary supplement with medicinal benefits. The curative features of fenneltea have made it a popular alternative treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions, including respiratory disorders, upset stomach and digestive problems.
A common use of fenneltea is in the regulation and improvement of gastrointestinal function. Natural oil in the plant may help inhibit muscle spasms, especially in the intestinal tract. It has been found to be very effective in treating bloating and irritable bowel syndrome. Other uses include relief from upset stomach, constipation, and indigestion. Being relatively mild, the tea can generally be used with infants to help reduce flatulence and treat colic.