Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) medicinal herb is a tall perennial herb native to the
Mediterranean. It has a sweet licorice taste, and it is widely used in
Mediterranean cuisine. The seeds and leaves are the main parts used as herbal medicine. This plant is one of my favorite herbs. A friend of mine who never used it before was pleasantly surprised of how wonderful she felt after drinking a cup or two of the tea.
It has a long history of use as a carminative, a term that means that it helps the body expel gas, and also excellent for weight-loss aid. Therefore it is a natural weight-loss plant that is good for obese sufferers.
There is also a long history, dating back to the Chinese and Hindus who used it as a cure for snake bites. The Egyptians also utilized it and it was recorded in the papyrus accompanied by direction of preparation, dosage as well as combination with other formulas.
It is very excellent in flavoring food and other medicines and not be excluded is the essential oil that is also used for flavoring. The seed is used as a spice to flavor fish, duck, lamb, potatoes, breads, and pastries. The greens are used to flavour fish sauce.
The common names are Sweet fennel, Phytoestrogen, Fennel seed and Foeniculum vulgare fruit. The medicinal properties are carminative, aromatic, stomachic, analgesic, bitter, emmenagogue, galactagogue, stimulant, relaxant, vulnerary, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive, emollient, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anodyne, purgative, laxative and expectorant.
The constituents are vitamins, minerals, beta pinene, arachidonic acid, ash, flavonoids, essential oil, coumarins, phytoestrogen and beta myrcene.
The benefits include a good herbal remedy for gas, acid
stomach, gout, cramps, colic (especially in children), spasm, increase the flow of urine,
increase menstrual flow, and help to manage blood sugar levels, wind, bed-wetting, irritable bowel, kidneys, spleen, liver, hookworms, lungs, obesity back-pain or backache, and suppressing appetite as well as a colon cleanser. For women suffering from insufficient breast milk, this herb can aid in normalizing the production of the milk.
It is also an excellent her to treat upper respiratory tract infection, digestive conditions. The tea makes an excellent natural eye wash for conjunctivitis and styes and other infections.
It is very beneficial as an herbal bath which is considered very stimulating. You can visit the herbal bath link to find out how to prepare a bath with herbs.
Chewing the seeds after meals can stimulate digestion and relieve symptoms of bloating and stomach pains plus, they serve as an excellent remedy to cure bad breath. Chewing the seeds can also help to prevent bed wetting. This medicinal plant is an antidote for food poisoning and stomach upsets.
The seeds have been eaten during lent and fasts to stave off hunger in traditional medicine. In the middle ages, women chewed the seeds after meals to control their appetite.
I love the tea. The seeds ground and made into tea is believed to be good for snake bites and insect bites. The powdered herb may also be placed on snake bites. It is a diuretic herb and also has properties for soothing babies gripes and gas. You can call it a natural gripe water. During the middle ages it was used by Christians during fasting as it kept away hunger. It is recommended for obesity because it can be used as a colon cleanser which can result in the shrinking of fats in the body system.
Make the tea pouring half a pint of boiling water on a teaspoonful of the bruised seeds and used accordingly. I also used the plant to make the tea, which is quite tasty.
not wash the fresh herb until you are ready to use it, then rinse it
well with cold water. The fresh herb can last for up to 8 days when
properly stored and refrigerated. Fennel is available in capsule and powder form in stores world wide.
You can also read benefits of fennel for added information.