Friday, May 11, 2012

Health Benefits of Fennel- Good for Ducks, Rabbits, and You

Hi Friends,

I am amazed at what survived on this property with no care at all. When we moved to this property, I saw several areas of dried plant that I was pretty sure was Fennel. I went ahead and began watering the plants, hoping the seeds would come back up in Spring. Low and behold, once I started watering them, these dried up looking plants began shooting up new fennel leaves.  I love the smell of Fennel and munch on it as I am doing chores.  Since we have no grass or pasture here, I am growing swiss chard, and other greens for my husband, myself, and the animals. Ducks love green stuff so gave them a sample of the new fennel leaves. They love the fennel and so do the rabbits.  All parts of the Fennel plant are used: seeds, feathery branches, and the fennel root.



But what health benefits does Fennel really help with?
 
It is an excellent source of fiber and trace minerals.  and may help reduce cholesterol levels. It is a good source of the B vitamin folate. It is also rich in potassium, which helps to lower high blood pressure. Fennel contains a combination of phytonutrients thus making it a good antioxidant. Fresh fennel can be eaten either raw or cooked. The ground dried seeds are chewed as well.




The Difference Between Fennel and Anise?

Both anise (Pimpinella anisum) and fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) are native to the Mediterranean region.  They are both umbelliferous herbs in the family Apiaceae.  Anise is an annual, dying after one season, while fennel is perennial. Fennel has yellow flowers.

Dried fennel seeds are often used in cooking as an anise-flavored spice. But don’t confuse fennel with anise; though they look and taste similar, they are not the same. Fennel’s dried ripe seeds and oil are used to make medicine.

First, you wash the fennel leaves under cold running water and then pat it dry. Next you chop the fennel leaves and use it in different types of side dishes, salads, pastas, stews and ragouts, as well as fricassee dishes and fritters, vegetable dishes such as artichoke dishes in Greece and risottos.


How Fennel is used in medicine?
In many articles and formulas,  it is the dried seed used but in other places, the leaves are also used as well. 
Fennel is used as an appetite depressant and weight loss aid.

Fennel is used for colds and upper respiratory infections.
Historically and in many countries, Fennel is used for gas, acid stomach, gout, cramps, colic, and spasms. It is used to encourage urine flow. It has this effect because it relaxes the stomach lining in your digestive tract. For this reason, caner patients find it beneficial to help their stomach during and after radiation an chemo treatments.

Nursing moms can benefit from fennel. Fennel helps encourage healthy breast milk which also acts to lessen gas for both mom and baby

Diarrhea:  Fennel contains oils such as Anetol and Cineole which have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties. 

Making Fennel Seed Tea:

To make fennel tea, add a half teaspoon of crushed seeds to one cup of boiling water and then allow the mixture to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not boil the water with the seeds in it. Instead, add seeds to the boiling water to preserve the natural oils.
Keep the pot covered while steeping. Cool the herbal brew, then strain. Drink three cups a day or use as a tincture three times a day.

I personally make tea from the leaves. My plants have not gone to seed yet.  I love the smell of the leaves as well.

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