Fennel. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel is an aromatic plant of the Mediterranean and today is cultivated in Europe, Asia and America.

Fennel Properties
* The fruits are rich in essential oil (anethole 50%) are primarily responsible for its medicinal properties. It is used in cases of: loss of appetite, dyspepsia hiposecretoras, breast, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, constipation, diarrhea, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, climacteric.
* In addition to its ability to stimulate digestion, has the power to calm the spasms and abdominal pain (gastritis and colitis).
* Fennel prevents formation of intestinal gas by blocking the fermentation of food inthe digestive phase, so it is used in cases of heaviness and aerophagia.
* The result: Because of its diuretic properties its root is used in kidney problems and how to debug: oliguria, urolithiasis, urethritis, cystitis, hyperuricemia, gout, hypertension, edema, fluid retention.
* Useful for its antiseptic properties.
* Also lactation stimulant and expectorant.
* Fruits, leaves (topically): blepharitis, gingivitis, pharyngitis.

Fennel Contraindications
* It is preferable to dispense essential oils via internal during pregnancy, lactation, children under six years old or patients with gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcers or neurological diseases.
* Do not apply topically to children under six years old or people with respiratory allergies or with known hypersensitivity to its essential oil.
* PLS USE No dosage forms containing alcohol to children under two years or people with ethyl.


Side Effects of Fennel
None known.

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

- At very high doses, anethole in the essential oil content is neurotoxic, a possible convulsant effect.
- As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.

(0 = none, 1 = somewhat toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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