Welcome to Kirsten's Herbal Garden...FENNEL
Fennel bulb and leaves (Photo: K.A. 2009) Fennel is an herb that smells a bit like licorice. It has wispy, frilly green leaves which are often dried and used as a spice or for tea. The root is a white bulb, with ridges and stalks like celery. The bulb and stalks are sliced and eaten as a delicacy in salads, with dips, etc. Fennel is said to aid digestion.
Fennel for Stomachaches
You can make a tea for upset stomachs out of 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seed and 3-4 chamomile flowers steeped in a pint of boiling water removed from the heat. Strain after 15 minutes. Teens and adults can drink it undiluted or for babies, you can dilute it with 50 percent water, then give to baby in bottle (use glass not plastic) or baby cup. Chamomile has an antispasmodic effect on the baby's digestive system, and helps babies sleep. Fennel is carminative and soothes colicy babies.
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Fennel Tea to Help Increase Breast Milk Flow
Steep 2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seed to one cup of boiling water taken off the heat. Steep for 10 minutes, then drink this twice a day. Fennel (as well as Goat's Rue) were traditionally known for their abilities to help increase breast milk flow.
Abbreviations: (t. = teaspoon, T. = Tablespoon, c. = cup)
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