Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a tall perennial herb native to the Mediterranean. It has a sweet licorice taste, and is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. The leaves, bulb, and stalk of fennel are edible (it looks like white celery); its seeds are used as both a spice in cooking and to make herbal medicines. Fennel has been used to treat digestive ailments since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Recent studies support the traditional use of fennel as a digestive aid. It has been shown to relieve intestinal spasms and cramping in the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract, which helps relieve uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms. Commission E, an expert panel in Germany that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbs, endorses fennel for the treatment of digestive upsets, including indigestion, gas pains, irritable bowel syndrome.
Here are some of the uses: -Abdominal cramps, gas and bloating -Appetite suppressant -Asthma, bronchitis, coughs -Coughs -Culinary -Fleas -Menopause - Hormone balance -Muscle pain