Article: Why fennel tea is not suitable for children and pregnant women: An educational article
Why fennel tea is not suitable for children and pregnant women: An educational article
Fennel tea is considered a home remedy for a variety of ailments and is also popular with children. But did you know that fennel tea is not safe, especially for the littlest ones among us?
The reason: estragole
Estragole is an essential oil found in fennel that is considered a potential carcinogen. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) warned about the ingredient as early as 2002. Recent scientific guidelines from the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from May 2023 also support these concerns.
What do the studies say?
Research shows that high doses of estragole can be “hepatotoxic,” meaning it can cause liver cancer. It is therefore recommended to avoid fennel tea in children under the age of four and to use it very cautiously in children between the ages of four and eleven. Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid products containing fennel.
What does this mean for parents and guardians?
So if you are a parent or guardian, be well informed and make a conscious decision. There are also many other herbal teas that are good for children and do not have any risky ingredients.
Children under the age of four should avoid fennel tea altogether.
Consumption should be very limited between the ages of four and eleven.
Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid products containing fennel.
Awareness of the potential risks of fennel tea is important, especially for parents and expectant mothers. Be well informed and follow the recommendations of the responsible authorities and scientific institutions.