Fennel Seed Foeniculum vulgare (Parsley Family)
This herb has antispasmodic, analgesic and diuretic properties. It is used to stimulate the appetite, ease indigestion, soothe coughing and reduce intestinal spasms.
This a useful herb for to promoting secretion of breast milk in nursing mothers, and when taken by the mother the volatile oils will pass to the baby to soothe digestive troubles.
The seeds have also been used to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve PMS.
The diuretic properties of fennel help to relieve fluid retention and combined with the action of the antiseptic volatile oils, it can be used to treat urinary infections.
By aiding elimination of toxins from the system through the urine, it makes a useful remedy for arthritis and gout.
It is commonly used to treat asthma, bronchitis, colic, Crohn’s disease, food poisoning and motion sickness.
The seeds are used as essential oil or in teas and infusions.
Fennel is also a popular culinary herb. The seeds are used in breads and sauces and the bulb and leaves are used in soups and savory dishes, especially fish dishes.
CAUTIONS: Large quantities are contraindicated during pregnancy.