FRESH FENNEL HERB
Fennel Herb (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant species in the carrot family. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.
It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses and, along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable.
Fennel herb is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the mouse moth and the anise swallowtail.
Fennel is highly prized for its licorice-like flavor and its health benefits. It has been used in natural remedies since ancient times.
Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean, fennel is still used in many Greek and Italian dishes, but it is now used around the world, too.
Fennel herb has a pale bulb and long green stalks. It can be grown almost anywhere. All parts of the fennel plant, including the bulb, stalk, leaves, and seeds, are edible. They add flavor to other foods.
Health Benefits and Side Effects
The health properties of fennel herb are warming, carminative, antispasmodic, antidepressant, stomachic, pectoral, diuretic, diaphoretic, aromatic, anti-microbial, pain reducing, fever reducing, and promotes milk-flow in nursing mothers.
Fennel has a long history as a commonly used household remedy for a variety of complaints, especially digestive disorders and it has been used traditionally as a remedy for gas, acid stomach, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gout, motion sickness, cramps, and spasms.
Fennel has a diuretic effect, which increases the amount and frequency of urination, which is thought to help remove toxic substances from the body.
Fennel is thought to be an effective herbal remedy for respiratory congestion and is a common ingredient in cough remedies.
It relaxes the smooth muscle lining of the digestive system and is used for cancer patients after radiation and chemotherapy treatments to help rebuild the digestive system.
Fennel is used as a natural treatment for anemia. Fennel contains iron and histidine, an amino acid found in fennel. Histidine stimulates the production of hemoglobin and other components of the blood.
It is common practice, especially in India, to chew fennel seeds after a meal. Some of the components in the plant stimulate secretion of digestive and gastric juices, reduce inflammation of the digestive tract and facilitate proper absorption of nutrients.
Fennel is used as an herbal treatment for diarrhea caused by bacterial action; it is believed that the properties of some components of it are disinfectant and anti-bacterial. Histidine is an example of one of several amino acids in fennel that aid digestion, helping to relieve diarrhea due to indigestion.
The tea is believed to increase milk production in nursing mothers, and may also relieve colic in babies. An infusion of the bruised seeds is a safe and effective natural treatment for flatulence in babies.
When used with urinary disinfectant herbs like Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, the herb is thought to be an effective herbal treatment for cystitis.
The plant is rich in phytoestrogens, and is an emenagogue, easing and regulating menstruation by regulating hormonal action in the body. It is believed to be helpful as a natural treatment for amenorrhea, anxiety, and depression.
Side Effects of Fennel
Pregnant women should not take fennel as a medicinal herb internally as it is a uterine stimulant; however, small amounts used in cooking are safe. Skin contact with the sap or essential oil may cause photo-sensitivity or dermatitis in some people.
Ingestion of the essential oil can cause vomiting, seizures and pulmonary edema.
While fennel has a long history of use as a useful herbal remedy, it does contain compounds which are anti-bacterial. Keep in mind that too much of anything can be harmful.
Taken in excess, fennel can induce trouble in breathing, increase palpitations and make heartbeats irregular. Taken in excess, it may also cause neurotic problems.
It is essential to consult a health care professional when altering medications and thoroughly investigate how conventional and herbal medications may interact with each other.
Inform a health care professional of any medications, vitamins or herbs that are currently being used.
It should be kept in mind that herbs may still produce side effects or may carry some element of risk (although side-effects and risks are generally less common and serious than in synthetic drugs).
Any applicable precautions and contraindications should be clearly understood. Carefully research and select reputable sources when buying herbs, and always read the label for ingredients, instructions, and warnings.
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