Cardamom and Fennel for Digestion

Do you ever feel gassy, bloated, or feel you have a ten-pound bowling ball stuck in your gut? Try a tea made with green cardamom and fennel.

Cardamom is one of the best and safest digestive stimulants. It treats gastralgia (upset stomach), enuresis (involuntary urination), phlegm, indigestion, and gas. This herb is also an excellent warming, anti-mucous stimulant to add to lung tonics.

Fennel is also used in treating indigestion. It is especially good for eliminating gas and flatulence, spasms of the gastrointestinal tract and abdominal pains. Fennel also helps bring up phlegm from the lungs.

You can purchase fennel and cardamom at a health food store or a store that carries foods from India. Put one tablespoon of fennel and 5-6 pods of cardamom (crack the pods open with your fingers) into two cups of simmering water for about 15-20 minutes. Strain and drink, both as a preventative or when you're feeling any stomach distress.

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