Got the farts? Try this simple DIY remedy

Caraway is probably Europe’s oldest medicinal plant and spice and has been in use for thousands of years. Enjoy a cup of this infusion whenever you feel that your flatulence is creeping up.

Caraway, fennel & aniseed infusion 

Things you’ll need

2 tablespoons caraway seeds

2 tablespoons fennel seeds

2 tablespoons, aniseeds or Chinese star anise

250ml (8½ fl oz/1 cup) water

Get started

  1. Mix the crushed seeds together and put 2 teaspoons of this seed mixture in a cup. Bring the water to the boil and pour into a cup. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes, then strain and drink unsweetened.
  2. Store the remaining seed mixture in a cool, dark, dry place until you need it again.

Why we believe it works

The essential oils found in caraway seeds are known to have antioxidant, digestive and carminative (anti-flatulence) properties.

Aniseed and star anise both contain an essential oil called anethole which has strong antimicrobial qualities. It can also improve digestion and ease flatulence.

Fennel seeds have similar properties to aniseed and can also help to treat flatulence. Fennel seeds are antibacterial, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory.

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