Q. I have been bothered with heartburn for 50 years. I got it after every meal, but it was immediately relieved with Tums.

I was cleaning out the herbs in my kitchen cupboard and found some fennel seeds. I took a teaspoon after dinner and didn’t get heartburn. Now I take fennel after every meal and haven’t needed a Tums all month.

For me this is nothing short of a miracle. My mom told me I was diagnosed with a spasmodic stomach as an infant. I looked online and saw fennel is an antispasmodic. Maybe that’s why it helps.

A. Fennel has traditionally been used to treat indigestion and gas. It has been shown to counteract smooth muscle spasms in the digestive tract.

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  1. TOM
    Reply

    What works for the gas PAIN in the abdomen? I can handle the smelly part but the gas can really cause pain on occasion. I’ve heard coconut is good — anything else?
    Also: I work outside and don’t mind sweating. But I have body odor and need a deodorant. What I don’t want is an anti-perspirant. I want to sweat, that’s healthy. Any brands that make the deodorant without the anti-perspirant?
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: WE THINK THAT MILK OF MAGNESIA MAKES QUITE A GOOD DEODORANT. IT DOES NOT STOP THE SWEATING.
    YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY IT FROM US. HOUSE BRAND MILK OF MAGNESIA CAN BE APPLIED TO THE ARMPITS AND WORKS FINE.

  2. Visionaerie
    Reply

    You can also use dill seeds to relieve “gasid” indigestion. And anise seeds may be even better — they also give you sweet breath! In addition, if you do use acid reducers or blockers, you could be at greater risk for pneumonia. That’s because undigested food may end up getting refluxed into your lungs. Better stock up on seeds instead!

  3. Evelyn
    Reply

    Do you chew the fennel seeds or just swallow them?
    Another question. I have started to use the essential oils for thinning hair. Do you use them every night and then wash the hair daily? I am not sure of this. Love your magazine and interesting articles, very informative.
    Thanks, Evelyn

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