benefits of Fennel Seed #herbs

Foeniculum vulgare

Origin: Mediterranean


Common use: Fennel seed is antiseptic and secretolytic,or it encourages the secretion of saliva and gastric juices.

It also used to stop stomach cramps, often added to laxatives to ensure gentle action. Fennel seed teas break up congestion caused by colds and allergies.

There are preliminary studies that suggest that regular consumption of fennel (as well as regular consumption of green beans, mushrooms, oranges, prunes, and celeriac) might slow the progression of osteoporosis. Powdering makes fennel a less estrogenic herb, that is, less likely to stimulate the production of estrogen in women, a characteristic that may be desirable or undesirable depending on the user.

Fennel seed teas are helpful for colicky infants, but fennel seed oil should never be given to infants or young children because of the danger of spasms of the throat.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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