Fennel is a flowering plant and it is a highly aromatic and herb with culinary and medicinal uses.
Let’s learn more about Fennel:
Fennel’s scientific name is Foeniculum Vulgare and it is native to South Europe. It has a white bulb, green stems, yellow flowers. This is an edible plant and every part of this plant can be edible, including its seeds. For culinary purposes, it is mainly used for soups.
It has been consumed for more than 3000 years because of its great nutritional and medicinal benefits. However, recently its consumption has decreased as it is often forgotten by specialists and nutritionists.
From this article, you are going to learn more about the fennel, its properties, and the recommended use.
- Regular consumption helps regulate blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
- Reduces high levels of bad cholesterol.
- Powerful antioxidant: Due to its contribution of vitamin C, alanine, and methionine.
- It strengthens our immune system.
- Carminative properties: That is, it favors the expulsion of gasses. Combats abdominal distension.
- Beneficial for control whooping cough, cough and expectorant.
- Highly recommended when it comes to losing weight. The properties of fennel provide satiety for longer. It is ideal for controlling cravings and anxiety as it reduces appetite.
- Effective in the treatment of gingivitis.
- Effective in the treatment of anemia: Rich in iron and histidine.
- Effective in the treatment of urinary tract infections.
- Natural diuretic: Ideal for people suffering from rheumatism or want to combat fluid retention.
- Improves and balances digestive functions. Combats stomach cramps.
- A diet rich in fennel for a few days helps to detoxify the body. Eliminates toxins and residues lodged in the intestinal walls, while helping to filter the blood.
- It improves and helps control the body’s fever.
How to use and how to consume the fennel
Additionally to the consumption of the bulb, fennel’s flowers and leaves can be used for the preparation of infusions. Fennel infusions are beneficial and recommended for the following:
- Improve liver function
- Relieve body aches
- Improve and accelerate digestive processes
- Relieve nausea.
Bulb consumption can be beneficial, too. Due to the folic acid and the iron, it contains, fennel bulb is recommended to be used during pregnancy and lactation period. Moreover, it can be used during the menopause for the purpose to relieve the discomfort that this period of life is followed by.
Fennel can also be used and typically. Concentrated fennel infusion can be used as a mouthwash and can help the fight against bad breath. This same infusion can be applied on the scalp thus promoting the growth and strengthening of the hair.
It can also be used as an eye drops to improve the eyes hygiene in reference to dry eye, or to improve and heal some irritation, inflammation, and conjunctivitis.