Article by Kaniz F. Shah
|Botanical Name:||foeniculum vulgare dulce|
|Hindi Name:||saumf, shatapushpa|
|Habitat:||Southern Europe, western Asia, China, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Greece|
|Odor:||spicy, sweet, licorice-like|
|Effect / Energy:|
|Extraction method:||steam distilled from crushed seed|
|Blends with:||basil, geranium, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood|
Best essential oil for perseverance
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Antiseptic, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, diuretic, expectorant
The ancient Egyptians and Romans made garlands from fennel to praise their warriors as a sign of strength, courage and longevity. Fennel is a perennial, pleasant-smelling herb with yellow flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean, but is now found throughout the world. Dried fennel seeds are often used in cooking and teas. They can look and often taste strong like anise, but are quite different. Fennel seeds and oil are also used as favoring agents, fragrance components in soaps and cosmetics and also to make medicine.
Health Benefits of Fennel
Digestive Support:Fennel oil helps with digestion, gastritis, kidney stones, pancreas health, flatulence, heartburn, gout, colic in infants, intestinal parasites, intestinal spasms, bile stones, constipation, expelling worms, bloating and other digestive problems. In Pakistan, a tea made with fennel and ginger is a great digestive aid after meals. It is best taken 20-30 minutes after meals to help digest the food and prevent lethargy, heartburn and gas. In India and Pakistan, it is common to eat fennel seeds, coated with colorful sugary layer, after meals. You will also find this in most Indian restaurants.
Female support:Fennel is known to help increase milk production in lactating women, tone the female reproductive system, PMS, menopause issues, promote menstruation, ease the birthing process, increase sex drive and balance the hormones.
Other Benefits:It has been helpful in relieving back aches, used as a poultice for snakebites, earaches, eye problems, cystitis, blood clots, bruises, obesity, lung infections, coughs, bronchitis, nausea and vomiting.
This article is for informational purpose only. Fennel is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It generally safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Anyone allergic to celery, carrots, dill or anise should avoid consumption of fennel. Repeated use of the oil can be sensitizing. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy or if pregnant. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.
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Article last updated 1/24/15