It is widely well known among women in Eastern Europe that drinking fennel tea will increase milk production for new mothers. It is also known that giving baby fennel seed tea will help baby's tummy feel better if he or she suffers from colic.
While it is true that fennel seed has been used for various health reasons, breast enhancing was not among them.
In the Roman Empires women used it to actually loose weight. Fennel also helped women to deal with PMS, to increase libido and to increase milk production!
All this indicates that fennel can influence the female hormone level for up to a certain point. No specific scientific research was done about fennel influencing breast size. However, companies who are making breast enlargement pills are taking this as a fact that fennel may have a mild estrogenic effect.All you can do at this point is try it for yourself.
Making Fennel Tea
You can buy already made fennel tea in bags. However fennel seed is so inexpensive that you can make your own tea. You can use the whole seeds or use a mortar and pestle or a spice mill to crush them. Fresh seeds will look more green than brown.
If you crush fennel seeds you will get a more bitter tea. Tea from whole seeds should taste nice and sweetish.
Boil 0.5 liter of water, which equals 16 oz. Take 1 teaspoon of fennel seed either whole or crushed and add to boiling water. Boil it while covered for 10 minutes. Cool it before drinking. The amount will serve 2 cups.
Fennel Side Effects
Generally, fennel is a very safe herb to take. Fennel capsules are normally containing 480mg fennel per servings and it is safe to take it 3 times a day
However, high dosages can cause: muscular spasm, allergic reaction of skin. Do not take fennel if you suffer from epilepsy or have seizure disorder.
If you have estrogen dependent cancer, like breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer or suffer from endometriosis , you will definitely need to talk to your doctor about taking fennel or any herbs that contain phytoestrogens.
It is also said that fennel interacts with the antibiotics, called Cipro. Sunlight can be bothersome and make skin sensitive when it is exposed.
Interesting Thing About Fennel
Fennel seeds have a licorice-like taste and often offered at the end of a meal in Asia.
You can try it as well. It freshens your breath and helps digestion.
Fennel seeds are widely used in England for fish dishes.Fennel pollen can also serve as a spice but it is pretty expensive
Picking Fennel Warnings
Do not try to pick you own fennel seeds in the woods. It is easily can be mixed up with poison hemlock. You can actually die from poison hemlock, so please, buy it from a store.