Fennel has a long history of herbal use and is a commonly used household remedy, being useful in the treatment of a variety of complaints, especially those of the digestive system. The seeds, leaves and roots can be used, but the seeds are most active medicinally and are the part normally used. An essential oil is often extracted from the fully ripened and dried seed for medicinal use, though it should not be given to pregnant women. The plant is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactogogue, hallucinogenic, laxative, stimulant and stomachic. An infusion is used in the treatment of indigestion, abdominal distension, stomach pains etc. It helps in the treatment of kidney stones and, when combined with a urinary disinfectant like Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, makes an effective treatment for cystitis. It can also be used as a gargle for sore throats and as an eyewash for sore eyes and conjunctivitis. Fennel is often added to purgatives in order to allay their tendency to cause gripe, and also to improve the flavour. An infusion of the seeds is a safe and effective cure for wind in babies. An infusion of the root is used to treat urinary disorders. An essential oil obtained from the seed is used in aromatherapy.
- Produces very flavorful large bulbs and edible flower buds.
- Excellent for seasonings and for cooking as a vegetable.
- Plant Height: 30″ tall.
- Fennel is a very aromatic plant with a sweet licorice flavor, similar to an anise seed. It has many medicinal uses and herbalists have been using it for centuries to relieve problems with the respiratory system, stomach muscles and intestines. Nursing mothers can expect increased milk production and fennel also has been used to soothe colicky infants.
- Fennel has a long history of herbal use and is a commonly used household remedy, being useful in the treatment of a variety of complaints, especially those of the digestive system.
- Easy to grow
- Many health benefits associated with this plant (see video below)
- Day to Maturity | 80 days