Across the fields of the Mediterranean country of Italy, yellow-flowered green feathery leaves gently move in the breeze. The “Florence Fennel” or Finocchio (feen o key oh) produces a vegetable and seed commonly used in promoting digestion at kitchen tables within Europe, India, Southeast Asia and North Africa.
Foeniculum Vulgare (genius) is listed under the species Apiaceae, or hollow stemmed plants, grouped with other family members including: anise, carrot, caraway, cilantro, cumin, dill, parsley and parsnip.The fennel seed is both green (soft and easy to chew) and yellowish in color (used in cooking) and full of nutrients.
A dozen fennel seeds chewed on at a time will soothe and relieve various ailments in both men and women.
- Breath freshener
- Ease gum soreness
- Assists in digestion
- Combats acid reflux
- Relieves flatulence, gas, stomach ache
- Creates bile to promote bowel movement. Unclogs liver.
- Due to their “expectorant properties”, fennel seeds ease coughs and treats bronchial congestion, asthma
- Reduces menstrual cramps, hot flashes, night sweats, water retention. Functions as a phytoestrogen and improves libido.
- Curves stress eating! ( 12 seeds 3x’s a day) Fennel Seeds or Flax Seeds are a natural “Appetite Suppressant” contributing to weight maintenance, or weight loss
- Used to improve anxiety and depression
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Fennel seeds can be purchased in the grocery isle that sells herbs and spices.
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John K. Crellin, Jane Philpott, A. L. Tommie Bass (1989). A Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants: Herbal Medicine Past and Present.
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United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service