Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a perennial herb belonging to the parsley (Umbelliferae) family, a broad family of herbs that also includes caraway, dill, anise, and cumin. The seeds are used as a spice and possesses a sweet taste that is similar to anise or liquorice. Our garden boost both the bronze and the green fennel.
In Ayurveda, fennel is called ‘samf’ or ‘saunf’, ‘madhurika’, or ‘shatapushpa’ (amongst other names) and believed to taste bitter, pungent, and sweet. It is considered neutral to slightly warming energetically and balancing to all three of the constitutional body types (vata, pitta, and kapha). It is considered to be one of the best carminatives and has been utilized to relieve gas and enhance digestion. Fennel is considered nourishing to the brain and eyes, and calming to the spirit.
Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, and Indians for its value as a carminative, expectorant, and as a talisman used in various rituals. Fennel is a food plant that can be eaten as a vegetable, is prized as a tasty aromatic spice for a variety of Ayurvedic and Mediterranean dishes, and is used as a flavouring in various liqueurs such as gin and absinthe. Due to fennel’s gentle nature, it is used to support digestion in infants and children, and can be given to nursing mothers.
In herbal medicine, fennel seeds are recognized as a powerful carminative—an herb that assists in expelling gas from your intestinal tract. Scientific studies on the properties of fennel seeds are showing that their volatile oils are primarily responsible for the anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that relax contracted intestinal muscles and allow trapped gas to dissipate.
The volatile oils in fennel seeds are also believed to stimulate bile for better digestion, thus preventing digestive problems from happening in the first place.
Fennel increases breastmilk production while helping to alleviate and dispel gas in both mother and baby. Fennel seed tincture will alleviate many digestive problems like gas, bloating and cramps Diluted it is even recommended as a remedy for colic in babies.
Fennel extract also has an antibacterial effect. For example, it has been shown to inhibit growth of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens. It can also fight infections. In fact, it is believed to be an antidote to various toxins including poison herbs and snakebites.
This extract also has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help with joint pain and allergic reactions. It can also protect tissues against toxic chemicals and free radicals produced during inflammation.
Further, fennel has also been shown to boost memory. Scientists experienced with mice in India and found that mice receiving fennel supplements remember tasks better. It can be used to treat dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Dosage: 15 drops of this fennel seed tincture in a little warm water does wonders for indigestion, bloating and a stomach ache from poor food combining. The warm water will also help the alcohol in the tincture to evaporate before consumption.