There is a lovely, aromatic quality to fennel, one that is complemented by its warm aniseed flavour. The seeds of this herb are often chewed to help settle an upset stomach and to help freshen your breath.
Ancient civilisations used this herb, particularly the Romans and the Greeks. It was believed to bestow longevity, strength, and courage to those who used it. It is also used by Anglo-Saxons where it was recorded as part of an herbal charm.
The Middle Ages saw fennel taking on magical qualities. Some people would hang it over their doors for protection. From there, it is believed to have shifted in meaning and, at least during Shakespeare’s time, and become associated with flattery.
Today sees fennel being commonly used to help the digestive system. It eases a wide variety of complaints, including bloating, gas, nausea, indigestion, and intestinal spasms. People who have symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome can get a lot of relief from fennel.
The seed also sees a lot of use in supporting the respiratory system. Here it is beneficial in helping to manage bronchial afflictions, coughs, asthma, and catarrh. It can also help to clear up complications in related symptoms, such as conjunctivitis in the eyes.
Women will find fennel helpful – thanks to its ability to help balance hormones. This makes it beneficial to anyone with period problems. It does mean that large amounts of this herb are best avoided during pregnancy.
Certified Organic Fennel Dried Herbs Available in:
25 grams = $7.99
50 grams = $11.99
100 grams = $18.99
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