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Fennel -Seeds

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Fennel is an old culinary classic.
This well known herb is mostly under used. Apart from it's unique appeal as a cooking ingredient it has many other uses.
The seeds of mature fennel can be used to chew to allay hunger, but if you make an extract of the root and add it to the seeds it is so much more effective.
As a plant, Fennel is easy to germinate and grow.
It will do well in a pot as long as it's gets enough light.
We gave the fresh young stalks to our teething children to chew on.
Fennel stalks are soft enough not to hurt the gums but fibrous enough to last a good session.
It soothed the irritated gums and calmed the upset stomach. A cup of Fennel seed tea (slow brewed) aids constipation and helps to cleanse the skin indirectly.

Seed is now available only from our new, secure shop at

Degree of difficulty in germination.....2/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult)

Fennel seed

Foeniculi fructus
Published April 19, 1991

Name of Drug
Foeniculi fructus , fennel seed.
Composition of Drug
Fennel seed consists of the dried, ripe fruits of Foeniculum vulgare Miller var. vulgare (Miller) Thellung [Fam. Apiaceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage.
The seeds contain at least 4 percent essential oil with not more than 5 percent estragon.

Dyspepsias such as mild, spastic gastrointestinal afflictions, fullness, flatulence.

Catarrh of the upper respiratory tract.
Fennel syrup, fennel honey: catarrh of the upper respiratory tract in children.
Herb for infusions and preparations containing an equivalent amount of the essential oil:
None known.
Other preparations:
Side Effects
In individual cases allergic reactions of skin and respiratory tract.
Interactions with Other Drugs
None known.
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Daily dosage:
5 - 7 g herb;
10 - 20 g fennel syrup or honey ( Erg. B. 6 );
5 - 7.5 g compound fennel tincture;
equivalent preparations.
Mode of Administration
Crushed or ground seeds for teas, tea-like products, as well as other galenical preparations for internal use.
Duration of Administration
Fennel preparations should not be used on a prolonged basis (several weeks) without consulting a physician or pharmacist.
Note:Fennel syrup, fennel honey: Diabetics must consider sugar content of bread exchange units according to manufacturer's information.
Promotes gastrointestinal motility, in higher concentrations acts as an antispasmodic. Experimentally, anethole and fenchone have been shown to have a secretolytic action in the respiratory tract; in the frog, aqueous fennel extracts raise the mucociliary activity of the ciliary epithelium.