Fun With Fennel — Seriously

Fennel

Fennel, generally utilized in Mediterranean cuisine, is a bulb like plant and part of the flowering plant species. Although fennel is a popular food to cook with, and actually an ingredient in absinthe, it holds a lot of medicinal properties and has multiple health benefits. 

Medicinal Purposes 

Fennel is often utilized for digestive issues such as flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion. The plant holds a lot of essential oils that our body cannot create. Chewing fennel seeds after eating can prevent indigestion, and actually help with bad breath. The acids in fennel also helps to reduce flatulence and rid of gas in the stomach, especially in babies, although you may want to consult a physician before giving your child fennel.

Fennel seeds can act as a laxative to help with constipation, and is a great homeopathic remedy as opposed to over the counter medicines. The essential oils in fennel can act as an antibacterial, curing diarrhea caused by a bacterial infection. 

Women’s Health

Fennel is actually very beneficial for women. The plant has been used to relieve menstrual disorders such as reducing the symptoms of PMS. The plant’s properties can actually be used as a pain reliever for cramps, and interestingly enough have relaxing agents for menopausal women.

Fennel seeds contain flavonoids which actually increase the size of breasts. For women looking for a natural way to boost their bust, this could be the way. The flavonoids promote new cell and tissue growth in the breast. 

Overall Health Benefits

Fennel and its properties are utilized to help boost immunity, promote brain function, lower blood pressure, and prevent cancer and heart disease. Because the plant is rich in so many essential oils and nutrients, fennel can be added to the list of foods you absolutely should be adding into your diet. This bulb is rich in fiber, potassium, alkaloids, phenols, and electrolytes. 

Like any other plant-based food item, allergies and rate of consumption must be considered. Fennel does contain chemicals and compounds that can cause severe allergic reactions, or can be toxic if consumed in excessive amounts. Before utilizing fennel in foods, or consuming fennel seeds it may be wise to consult a physician or allergy specialist.

Fennel contains a wealth of vital nutrients and essential oils and it is clear why the plant is used for health and medicinal purposes. So consider a little fennel at your next meal! 

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