Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
Since ancient times, Fennel has been primarily used to stimulate good digestion. It relaxes the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract and has helped alleviate acid-stomach, flatulence, food poisoning, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. Fennel is an aromatic stimulant that is good for the gastrointestinal tract and relieves abdominal pain, colon disorders, gastrointestinal tract spasms and also helps to expel gas and ease infant colic. Fennel is considered a very effective expectorant that has been known to expel mucus accumulations. It is a fine remedy for respiratory ailments, including asthma and bronchitis. As an antifungal, Fennel is said to inhibit yeast growth and is effective against Candida albicans. As a diuretic, Fennel promotes urine flow. It is also thought to increase perspiration and reduce intermittent fevers. In addition, Fennel is believed to promote the functioning of the kidneys, liverand spleen, and may even reduce toxic effects of alcohol on the body.
Fennel along with Fenugreek and marshmallow root is excellent to promote lactation.