Fennel also comes with other names - Common Fennel, Hsiao-Hui-Hsiang, Large Fennel,
Roman Fennel, Shatapushpa, Shih-Lo, Sweet Fennel, Tzu-Mo-Lo, Wild Fennel and Xiao-Hue-Xiang.
Fennel is widely grown in the Mediterranean region, from where it was said to have
been discovered and first tested as herbal component.
Fennel has top to bottom parts being utilized. Among the parts of the plant that
is being used are the roots, its seeds and the fragrant oil that is derived from
Oil extracts from the fruits are used for cosmetic product and food aroma enhancer
The seeds are used to derive therapeutic medicines against pains, induces appetite,
heal kidney disorders, sore throat and sore eyes. It is also used for weight loss
purposes and relaxing effects.
The flower parts are also useful especially during summer season. The yellowish petals
are used to enhance bouquet presentation.
What is commonly used as aromatic herb in our food is actually a widely used herbal
medicine to cure digestion problems back in the ancient times. Fennel, which has
a fragrant scent, is also used to promote metabolism in the human body through absorption
as the fennel?s oil component triggers to increase in secretion of digestive enzymes.
Because of its therapeutic effects, ancient people have developed the practice of
mixing fennel in their foods.
Digestive disorders like spasm, heartburn, constipation and abdominal pain are among
those stomach discomforts that fennel relieves using its therapeutic properties.
Fennel has a wide range of uses as most of the herb is made into another form. Fennel
is used in cooking as its aroma enhances food and beverage preparations.
It is also used for therapeutic purposes. In fact, it is widely used to ease pain
as well as other internal disorders. Accordingly, it induces appetite, heals kidney
disorders, sore throat, sore eyes, among others. It is also used for weight loss
It also has relaxing effects. Residual oil from fennel was also used as ointment
for a relaxing sensation when applied to the skin either through massage. Some reflexiologists
are also using them in their therapeutic practice.
For moms who just gave birth to her baby, it is advisable to take fennel to promote
and enhance milk production for her baby?s nourishment. Breastfeeding has always
been considered as best for babies.