*Fennel is an ancient spice that has been used in food preparation and as a digestive aid. It can be added to your favorite soups, pickles, and sauces as it adds some sweetness and slight bitterness. Fennel can gently stimulate the appetite and support the digestive system. Traditionally raw fennel seeds have been consumed before a meal to stimulate digestion and post-meal to soothe digestion and used as a natural breath freshener. Fennel can also remove the subtle toxins that cause the unsettled state of mind and disturbed sleep.
*Benefits include supporting the digestive system, improve gut immunity, maintain healthy fat levels, optimize body weight, soothe the throat, reduce irritation to the skin, maintain optimal blood pressure, improve joint flexibility.
Suggested Use: 1/2-1 teaspoon in powder form, once or twice daily or use as directed by your health practitioner.
Botanical Name – Foeniculum Vulgare
Family – Umbelliferae
English Names – Bitter Fennel, Common Fennel, Sweet Fennel, Wild Fennel
Fennel is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is erect, glaucous green, and grows to heights of up to 2.5 m, with hollow stems. The leaves grow up to 40 cm long; they are finely dissected, with the ultimate segments filiform (threadlike), about 0.5 mm wide. (Its leaves are similar to those of dill but thinner.) The flowers are produced in terminal compound umbels 5–15 cm wide, each umbel section having 20–50 tiny yellow flowers on short pedicels. The fruit is a dry seed from 4–10 mm long, half as wide or less, and grooved.
Physical and chemical properties of Fennel –
Taste – Sweet, pungent, bitter
Quality – Light, unctuous or oily
Potency – Hot
Post Digestive effect – Sweet
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