Scientific Name: Foeniculum vulgare
AKA: Fennel, finocchio
Parts Used: seeds, essential oil
Active Compounds: anethole, fenchone, coumarins, sterols, flavonoids
Background: Fennel was once used as a treatment for snake bites. It was once considered a cure against witchcraft. While fennel is no longer used in those capacities, it's still considered a powerful herb for treating digestive problems. Fennel is sometimes used to enhance weight loss. It is native to the Mediterranean, but is grown all over the world.
Applications: Digestive aid/Diuretic/Expectorant
Fennel is primarily used to treat bloating and discomfort in the digestive system. It also has uses for women's health and conjunctivitis.
Eye infections: Fennel can be used to make an eyewash that helps to relieve conjunctivitis.
Women's Health: Fennel can help to increase the production of breast-milk for nursing mothers.
Infants: Babies can be given fennel to relieve congestion as well as colic and teething pain.
Digestive System: Fennel helps to reduce bloating and stomach ache. It can also help to increase the appetite. It generally helps to improve digestion.
Kidneys: Fennel is though tto have diuretic properties. It can be used to treat kidney stones.
Fennel grows about 5 feet high and is a fragrant plant. It has yellow flowers and feather-like leaves. The seeds are oval-shaped and are gathered for use in the fall.
An infusion of the Fennel seeds can be used to treat the above problems. Use 1/4-1/2 tsp fennel seeds per cup of water and drink 5 cups daily.
Fennel can be toxic. Don't use more than the recommended dosage. Do not take the essential oil internally unless supervised by a health professional. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of Fennel or any herb
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