Health Benefits of Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare
Quality: Yang
Element: Earth

Fennel is a 4 to 5 foot perennial, the feathery leaves have fleshy sheaves at their base. There is a yellow umbrella cluster of flowers.

Fennel has an anise taste. It has been a cooking ingredient since Roman times and is used in herbal medicine to help digestion. The Greeks and Romans believed it gave courage and it was used as a nervous tonic. They also believed it cured the wind’s diseases. It has long been used with fish to help digestion and to add taste. Here we are using it as a digestive.


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