Fennel is one of those herbs that was used medicinally in ancient times, and now we have more or less forgotten about it. Fennel was used for other things as well, historically. In 490 B. C. the Great Battle of Marathron was fought in a field of fennel. Whatever they were growing it for, they had a lot of it. A runner, Pheidippides, was given fennel as a reward for alerting Sparta of a Persian invasion. If you know your history, Iran in ancient times was Persia.
In some parts of the world, you were served fennel seeds at the end of a meal, to aid in digestion and freshen your breath. What a nice gesture of hospitality that was! If I were to do that now, I would have to do some education. Oh, well, that’s what I do as a nurse, after all!
Fennel Medicinal Benefits
- Aids in digestion
- Regulates elimination
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts brain function
- Improves immune system
- Balances menstrual cycle
- Eases respiratory disorders
- Increases milk supply in lactating mothers and helps prevent gas in baby as well
- Treats snake/bug bites
- Cures food poisoning
- Soothes sore throats
- Appetite suppressant
As with most things, this herb can cause some problems if taken in liberal doses. Please use in moderation. As always, if you are taking prescription medications, please check with your doctor before using.
Things To Think About
I like the idea of using fennel in cooking and in medicinal remedies. Maybe if I use it in food enough I won’t need the remedies. Once my new fennel plant gets a little growing time, I shall do some experimenting. For I too, was like most of the world and ignorant about fennel. No more!
Comment and let me know what your experiences with fennel have been.
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