Scientific: Foeniculum vulgare [WikiPedia]
Appearance: Fennel can be an
annual, biennial, or perennial plant that can grow up to 6 feet tall,
has bright yellow umbrella shaped flowers typical of those in the
Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) family, and green feathery leaves that are
similar to those of its cousin dill (Anetheum graveolens).
Parts Used: dried seed
(fruit) as a spice (whole or powdered), tea, tincture, or powdered and
encapsulated fresh above ground parts as a cooked vegetable or in salads
fresh seed (fruit) distilled as an essential oil or can be made into a
Common Uses: Rich in
phytoestrogens, Fennel is often used for colic, wind, irritable bowel,
kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, suppressing appetite, breast enlargement,
promoting menstruation, improving digestive system, milk flow and
increasing urine flow. Fennel is also commonly used to treat amenhorrea,
angina, asthma, anxiety, depression, heartburn, water retention, lower
blood pressure, boost libido, respiratory congestion, coughs and has
been indicated for high blood pressure and to boost sexual desire.
Fennel is also commonly used to treat amenhorrea, angina, asthma,
heartburn, high blood pressure and to boost sexual desire. Fennel is a
mild appetite suppressant and is used to improve the kidneys, spleen,
liver and lungs. Fennel is an effective treatment for respiratory
congestion and is a common ingredient in cough remedies. In recent
times, fennel is utilized mostly in the same way that it has been for
thousands of years. It is an incredibly helpful digestive aid, an
effective expectorant, a delicious food and spice, and may stimulate
normal milk production in nursing mothers.
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PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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