Fabulous Fennel

Fabulous Fennel

Fennel has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. The seeds, bulb, leaves and flowers, which all feature a liquorice flavour, can be used in a variety of dishes, steeped in tea or prepared as an extract or essential oil.

Research shows that fennel seeds may have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiviral effects.

Fennel tea is an excellent stomach and intestinal remedy aiding digestion, relieving flatulence colic and other gastrointestinal issues such as heartburn, bloating and loss of appetite. Fennel can also be helpful in digesting fat.

Known to have a calming effect on bronchitis and coughs, fennel has also been used to treat conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids. Externally the essential oil can help relieve muscular and rheumatic pains.

A 2020 systematic review found that digesting fennel seeds may also stimulate prolactin to help mothers naturally produce breast milk.

Raw fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vital nutrient for health. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which supports general immune health while it also helps form and maintain bones, cartilage, skin and blood vessels.

Start adding fennel to your salads today!

Want to learn more?

Related Articles

Facebook Pagelike Widget

Subscribe to our newsletter