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Fennel

© David L. Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMH

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.

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Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary......more
 
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