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Kitchen Medicine



Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)


The aromatic seeds of this herb together with those of Cardamom are sometimes served as breath-sweeteners after dinner.
Fennel seed is a good standby remedy for mothers, as they are extremely helpful in soothing cramps, colic and winds.
The seeds have a wonderful demulcent action and can also be used as a tea or simmered in milk to treat cough, whooping cough, colds, asthma and catarrhal conditions (or added to other teas to improve their flavor).
Externally, the infusion of Fennel seed or herb can also be used as an eyewash for conjunctivitis or sore, inflamed eyes.
Migraines that result from stomach troubles might also be treated with Fennel.
A few (1-3) drops of Fennel essential oil mixed with sugar and diluted in a glass of water is effective as a gargle for hoarseness and sore throats.


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