Common Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Common Fennel is an herbaceous perennial, with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is native to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, but is now found throughout the world. It has sweet aromatic foliage and has a sweet minty flavor similar to anise.

Most people know fennel seeds are used in culinary, but did you know it is also used for medicinal purposes and have been known to help treat digestive problems such as heartburn, constipation, intestinal gas, diarrhea, bloating, and cholera. It has been used for bronchitis, visual problems, colic in breast-fed infants, painful menstruation, to help regulate blood pressure, prevent anemia and fennel oil has been used as a sunburn prevention. The seeds have been known to suppress appetite, and is frequently used to help lose weight.

Instead of reaching for a piece of gum or breath mint, chew on a few fennel seeds after each meal to help eliminate bad breath. The seeds can be chewed or it can be taken as a tea for digestion and easing constipation. A cup twice a day can help rheumatic pain, but use should be stopped once symptoms start to subside.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult your doctor before using herbal tinctures/extracts/teas and do not us in place of prescribed medicines without first consulting your physician.

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