Fennel Seed: Foeniculum vulgare ssp. vulgare var. dulce
References to the use of fennel date back to Greek and Roman writings, and fennel has been a staple throughout Europe and China. Fennel seeds have been used in culinary preparations to add a licorice-like flavor to bread, candies, pickles, as well as liqueurs and other beverages.
Traditionally, fennel has been used to soothe the stomach, support digestion, and promote healthy kidneys. It can also be made into a hot infusion to support a sharp mind and memory.
Fennel can cause photodermatitis, and excessive exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light should be avoided. The German Commission E Monographs note that fennel can cause allergies and should not be used for prolonged periods without a professional consultation. People with allergies to the Apiaceae family––carrot, mugwort, celery––should use caution with fennel.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) cautions: Keep out of reach of children. Consult a practitioner prior to use. Herbs should always be used with care. Not to be used during pregnancy or nursing. Not recommended for infants or toddlers, or for extended periods of time.
If using this herb, we recommend seeking the guidance of a registered herbalist and/or your trusted holistic health physician.
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