Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to ease digestive troubles and monthly menstrual cycles are equally noteworthy. Fennel can be added to tea to calm the digestive system as well as the mind and emotions.
Fennel has been used for its helpful properties for ages. Anciently it was thought to ward off evil spirits, in Roman times it was a symbol of strength and courage. Additionally even then it was known for its properties to sooth the digestive system and other ailments including curbing the appetite and snake bites. The essential oil is steam distilled from the pulverized seeds (more correctly the fruit) of the Fennel plant. The oil’s aroma is anise-like (or licorice-like) with a sweet pleasant flagrance.
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