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Drinking Fennel Seed Water for Weight Loss

Updated on May 17, 2017
Making fennel water is easy. Follow the recipe for a potent drink that boosts metabolism and aids in weight loss.
Making fennel water is easy. Follow the recipe for a potent drink that boosts metabolism and aids in weight loss. | Source

What Is Fennel Seed Water?

Fennel seed water is simply water infused with fennel seeds. Infusing can be done either by immersing the seeds in hot water or by steeping them overnight in cool water. Fennel water has a light golden colour, smells fresh and clean, and the taste is not bad at all! In the beginning, I did find the taste weird but I got used to it real quick!

Fun fact: Fennel seeds or fennel water actually has a mild licorice flavor, so it leaves a sweet taste in your mouth, and is actually potent breath freshener!

Did You Know?

  • The scientific name for fennel is Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce.
  • Fennel is a perennial herb that belongs to the parsley family, which includes anise, caraway, cumin, and dill.
  • The seeds, flowers, leaves and stem all contain nutritional and medical benefits and are used in various cuisines around the world.

In this article, we shall learn how to make a large batch of fennel seed water, so that we can sip it throughout the day to enjoy its fat-burning properties. I found out about this kind of water a couple of months ago, but I only decided to write about it after I tested it out myself. It's a time-tested, ancient herbal remedy that is prescribed in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for obesity.

The seeds are tiny powerhouses of detoxing and metabolism-boosting nutrients. They are rich in vitamins as well as minerals, as shown in the table below.

Nutritional Benefits of Fennel Seeds

Health Benefit
Helps in weight management and managing PMS, helps maintain bone strength, prevents high blood pressure and diabetes
Important for muscle strength, relaxes your nervous system, promotes better sleep, improves flexibility
Strengthens bones and teeth, boosts energy, promotes healthy digestion, produces protein
Crucial mineral for life, building block in cells, important for physically active people, promotes mental well-being
Vitamin A
Strengthens eye health, rich in anti-oxidants, replenishes body cells
Vitamin C
Wards off common colds, strengthens immune system, important for prenatal health
The insoluble fiber content increases the bulk of food in the digestive system by absorbing water, stimulates the bowels, and relieves constipation

Fennel Water Recipe for Weight Loss

Making fennel water is a simple task that doesn't require any complicated procedures.

Let's get right into the recipe. In my experience, you can make fennel water two ways:

  1. Brewing fennel seeds in boiling water and allowing it to cool
  2. Overnight steeping.


  • If possible, use distilled water, the purest form of water.
  • For extra aroma, roast the fennel seeds in a pan until it gives out a sweet toasted scent (only about 20 seconds of toasting on a heated pan is needed).
  • For beginners, consider starting out with a smaller dose of seeds by using half the amount in the recipe. Work your way up as you get used to it.

How to Make Fennel Seed Water

Method 1: Brewing Fennel Seeds


  • 1 liter or 4 cups of drinking water
  • 2 tablespoons of raw fennel seeds


  1. In a deep pan, bring the water to a boil. You can use hot water straight out of your kettle too.
  2. When the water starts bubbling, toss in the fennel seeds, and switch off the flame immediately.
  3. Cover the pan with a lid and allow this to cool to room temperature.
  4. Once it cools, your fennel water is now ready! All you have to do is to transfer it into your glass jar or bottle and drink it throughout the day.
  5. You can even make larger batches and store in the fridge if you don't have time to make a fresh batch everyday. Simply double the recipe above.

Method 2 - Overnight Steeping

Lately I have preferred this method. It nice to have the water ready in the morning, when I'm in a rush to head out the door. Also, it doesn't apply heat so the nutrients in the seeds are not destroyed. Lastly, it requires less utensils so I have less washing up to do!

In this method, all you have to do is:

  1. Get a glass jar, add in 2 tablespoons of fennel water and fill it up with 1 litre of water.
  2. Cover it with a lid and you can forget about it until the next morning.

At first the seeds will be floating at the top, but by morning the seeds will be engorged with water and will have sunk to the bottom.

How it Helps You Lose Weight

  1. It increases metabolism. Metabolism refers to the rate at which our cells use up energy from the food we eat. By boosting metabolism, calories in food are burned off faster in the body, aiding in fat loss.
  2. It is a natural appetite suppressant. Thinking of purchasing artificial appetite suppressing tablets? Consume natural fennel seeds instead. Chewing on fennel seeds helps naturally quell appetite.
  3. The seeds are said to aid in blood purification. Fennel seed water may help clear out excess uric acid in the blood stream and breaks down bile. It promotes digestion of fats in the liver as well.
  4. The water may help to detoxify the body. In today's world, we are bombarded with toxins from every angle, from car exhaust fumes to cosmetic products. This drink helps flush out the toxins in the blood stream via the kidneys.
  5. It is mildly diuretic. Fennel seed water has a mild diuretic effect and can help you keep alert and awake, minus the caffeine! Sipping the water throughout the day can help you keep alert and awake, giving you just enough motivation to get up and exercise, without the usual caffeine crash.
  6. An anti-spasmodic effect. The anti-spasmodic effect of fennel helps suppress hunger pangs by relaxing the stomach muscles that produce the sensation. This can help you intake less calories and lose excess weight.
  7. It may stimulate melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced in the brain by the pituitary gland, which is responsible for regulating sleep. A good night's sleep of 6-8 hours is crucial for healthy weight loss and can help maintain healthy weight levels as well.

How Much Should I Drink?

As with all things, drinking fennel water should be done in moderation.

  • Follow the recipe given and make one batch of 1 litre or 4 cups per day and sip throughout the day. Take your weight loss on a day by day basis.
  • If you are worried of any adverse symptoms, begin with one cup of fennel water per day and see how you react to it. You can the build up to 4 cups per day gradually.
  • Always consult your health care practitioner.


Although this is an all natural remedy, it's best to always consult your health care practitioner before undertaking any new healthcare regimen, especially if you have any known adverse health conditions or allergies. Pregnant women may want to avoid fennel or fennel water altogether.


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      Koki amin 5 days ago

      Do you eat fennel seeds after drinking fennel water

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      Lovely 11 days ago

      Can i use this fennel water while breast feeding

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      Lovely 3 weeks ago

      Is that safe during breastfeeding

      Plz can u tell me

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      Miami 2 months ago

      Do you eat the seeds after drinking the water?

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      bobbie clay 2 months ago

      Can you use honey in the fennel water

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      Neelam 5 months ago

      My periods have been irregular after my child birth. But from the last couple of months, periods have been stoped. What should I do now. Kindly be noted that I am underweight as well.

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      Osian Saha 6 months ago

      Can we reuse the used fennel seeds again??

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      Cheryl 8 months ago

      6. Relieves Menstrual Problems

      Many factors, including stress and poor diet, can interrupt a woman’s regular menstrual cycle. Fennel seeds have emmenagogue properties that promote and regulate menstrual flow. The herb also has phytoestrogens that help with issues like premenstrual syndrome, menopausal disorders, and breast enlargement.

      A 2012 study conducted by researchers from Babol University of Medical Sciences and Health Services in Iran also indicates that fennel can help reduce symptoms of dysmenorrheal or painful menstruation.

      Apart from menstrual benefits, fennel is traditionally used as a galactagogue to promote lactation in nursing mothers. It also works as an aphrodisiac to increase libido in both men and women.

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      Wanita 12 months ago

      Do I eat regular food and fennel seed water for diet

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      Tanu 13 months ago

      What is the best time to drive k fennel seed water to see effrctive results? Empty stomach morning time or before bed?

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      chinky 19 months ago

      Can we drink fennel water during periods?

      As I am using it as period regulator.

      Plz do reply

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      Cal 20 months ago

      What if i grind the seeds into powder, mix the powder in water and keep it overnight? Will I get same results as steeping whole seeds in water?

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      ama 22 months ago

      Can boil a fresh fennel as tea and drink

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      Carrie McAstocker 24 months ago

      can you reuse fennel seeds?

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      Agility Beauty 24 months ago from U.S.A

      i think its good and i will try it to my self

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      Dianemae 2 years ago

      Good information. I was drinking fennel tea but stopped, for no reason I think I'll make a pot right now.

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      Sim 2 years ago

      Can we ladies drink this water during periods??

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      Canita Prough 2 years ago from Pompano Beach, Florida

      I think I will give it a try.

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      raji 2 years ago

      Can I dry roast fennel seed and powder it.then whenever I want I can use this powder to feel the freshness

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      Maher 2 years ago

      I've been eating fennel after each meal now for the past week and a half. I've also included drinking warm/hot water in my diet. This helped me loose about an inch on my belly without changing the way I eat or consume food. This does say something I guess..

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      gobi. 2 years ago

      Thanx for this remedies..its really works..

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      Abraham 2 years ago

      Wow, I am grateful for this hub: This reaffirms why I started drinking this and fenugreek tea/water in the morning to detox for better health (I am fascinated with herbal medicine from all cultures!). I definitely feel more energized and leaner when fenugreek and fennel seeds are in my diet.

      Also, although I completely agree that everyone should do their own research and make educated/informed decisions when starting a new "diet", did you know that after pregnancy fennel and fenugreek is good for you? Apparently it increases lactation/milk production and balances hormones out!

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      aditi 2 years ago

      Can we ladies drink this water during periods??

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      Helper 2 years ago

      Pinky, only use glass container or glass jar. Plastic containers should be avoided.

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      pinky 2 years ago

      May i know if we can soak fennel seeds in water in container otherthan glassjar??? Like utensil or water bottles???

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      J.O. 2 years ago

      Drinking destilled water can be toxic, becouse not only acids are filterd from your body but also essential nutrients. (sorry for the bad grammer i'm dutch)

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      priya 2 years ago

      how much fennel water should i drink?

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      Angie 2 years ago

      I can't sleep and stay awake all night whenever I drink fennel tea

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      Bradley 3 years ago

      revise this line perhaps x

      In this method, all you have to do is to get a glass jar, pour in 2 tablespoons of fennel water and fill it up with 1 litre of water

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      healthmunsta 3 years ago

      Hello, preweb! I believe fennel infused tea or fennel water is the remedy for weight loss in particular. Water has zero calories and fills your stomach and the fennel in fennel water has many properties that help suppress appetite.

      As for your second question, is it possible to overdose on fennel seeds? The answer is, too much of anything can be bad for you. Eating a teaspoon of fennel seeds after every meal, for breath freshening is quite enough. You wouldn't need to eat fennel seeds more often than this.

      Hope you found this helpful!

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      preweb 3 years ago from UK

      Nice hub. I always eat fennel seeds as a mouth fresher but didn't know other benefits earlier. One of my friend keeps chewing fennel seeds all day. Does over eating has any side effects? And is eating fennel seed has the same benefits as

      fennel water ?

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