Fenugreek And Fennel Seeds: Safe For Baby?


Fenugreek and fennel seeds: an introduction

Fenugreek and fennel seeds are two common ingredients in Indian cuisine. Both spices have a long history of use in traditional medicine, and they continue to be popular home remedies today.

Fenugreek is an annual plant in the legume family. The small, brownish-yellow seeds have a strong, pungent aroma and a bitter taste. Fenugreek has been used for centuries in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

Fennel seeds come from the fennel plant, which is related to the carrot family. The oblong, greenish-brown seeds have a sweet, anise-like flavor. Fennel has been used for millennia in cooking and herbal medicine.

So, are fenugreek and fennel seeds safe for babies? Let's take a look at what the research says.

Are fenugreek and fennel seeds safe for baby?

 Yes to fenugreek and fennel seeds: these are widely used in traditional medicine, including for lactation and digestion (and colic).

How to use fenugreek and fennel seeds for baby

 Want to ease your baby’s tummy? Fenugreek and fennel: you name it, they got it: Each herb has gastrointestinal-soothing properties, and there are several ways in which they can be used to calm a little tummy.

Here are some tips on how to use fenugreek and fennel seeds for baby:

 Swish that with herb juice or a little of the breast milk or water and use to administer to your baby by way of a dropper.

- Add a pinch of either herb to your baby's food.

’You made a little tea from a sprig [or leaf] of either of these herbs, plunged it in boiling water to extract the juice, and let it cool, then gave it to the baby to drink.

 If you aren’t sure how much of either herb to administer, ask your child’s paediatrician.

Fenugreek and fennel seed recipes for baby

 And it is no risk to use baby-safe spices such as fenugreek and fennel seeds. In fact, these are often two of the preferred spices used in recipes for babies and nurslings.

 If you want your baby to have some fenugreek and fennel seed recipes, here are some:

 ―Fenugreek and Fennel Seed Rice: This is a great, simple dish for baby’s earliest solids. Cook the rice as normal, then stir in a teaspoon of fenugreek and fennel seeds when it’s cooked.

 -Fenugreek and Fennel Seed Porridge: We’re right back to porridge again! Use either milk or water, but this time stir in one teaspoon of either or both of the seeds, cooking until thickened.

 -Fenugreek and Fennel Seed Vegetable Puree This puree is a powerful nutritional punch and is meatless and dairy-free. Use it as a replacement for any single vegetable meal. Pick your favourite veggies (carrots, sweet potato, squash, etc), cook them up, and then mash them and mix in a teaspoon of the seeds.

 So, here you are – three great fenugreek and fennel-spiced recipes you can use to add these two safe, nutrient-packed spices into your baby’s diet. 3. Peachy Seedy Porridge 1 cup rice milk 1-2 tsp sugar 1 peeled and pureed peach ½ tsp ground fenugreek seeds 1/8 tsp ground fennel seeds 1 large pinch cinnamon pinch ground ginger pinch nutmeg pinch caraway seeds pinch cardamom Happy cooking! 


 On the whole, both fenugreek and fennel seeds can be fed to babies as they are fairly mild natural ingredients and also safe when used in small quantities.It is always a good idea to first get a green signal from your paediatrician before adding any new food in your baby’s diet. As much as these herbs are great as natural remedies, they should not be fed with every meal or in large quantities. Following certain simple precautions, your baby can enjoy all the benefits of these wonderful herbs, without any side effects for that matter.