Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Part Used: The seeds.

Constituents:
The whole complex of primary plant constituents and a characteristic array of secondary plant constituents are present. Pharmacologically
important constituents include volatile oil, major components of which are anethole and fenchone, flavonoids, oumarins.

Actions: Carminative, aromatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, galactogogue, hepatic.

Indications:
Fennel is an excellent stomach and intestinal remedy which relieves flatulence and colic whilst also stimulating the digestion
and appetite. It is similar to Aniseed in its calming effect on bronchitis and coughs. It may be used to flavor cough remedies.
Fennel will increase the flow of milk in nursing mothers. Externally the oil eases muscular and rheumatic pains.
The infusion may be used as an eye wash or compress to treat conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis).

Preparations & Dosage: Pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 teaspoonfuls of slightly crushed seeds and leave
to infuse for l0 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. To ease flatulence, take a cup half an hour before meals. Tincture: Take 1-2ml
of the tincture 3 times a day.

David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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