In the Middle Ages, fennel was considered to be an antidote to witchcraft.
Common Names: Fenkel, sweet fennel, wild fennel
Latin Name: Foeniculum vulgare
Plant Family: Apiaceae (celery, carrot, parsley family)
Parts Used: Leaf, bulb, seed, root, oil
Habitat: Native to the Mediterranean region; grows in common garden soil
Actions & Constituents: The volatile oil is antispasmodic and the bitter seeds contain fenchone.
Uses: Frequently used in cooking, as it has an anise-like taste. Fennel seeds relieve bloating, stomach pain, stimulate appetite, and are anti-inflammatory. Great for digestion and helps to treat kidney stones. Infusions can help sore throats and are safe for children.
How to Prepare: Commonly made into a tea, syrup can be prepared from fennel juice