Fennel Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts

Health Benefits of Fennel Herb

  • Various herbs have been proven to relieve of colic in infants, such as catmint, chamomile, dill, fennel, lemon balm, and others. Fennel is one of the most regularly recommended by naturopaths and herbologists.
  • It had been reckoned that fennel offers a rejuvenating effect on male and helps the vision. The herb is also said to promote lactation and weight loss.
  • Fennel is rich in various types of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B3, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, fibers and so on.
  • The vitamin C present in the bulb of the fennel plant is antibacterial as well as antiviral and is extremely essential to the body's immune system.
  • On top of that the fennel bulb contains loads of fibers that help lower the cholesterol level in our body. Fibers help prevent colon cancer because they are able to get rid of toxic compounds and cancer causing substances from the intestinal tract.
  • Fennel contains high level of potassium -- an essential mineral that helps improve hypertension that may lead to cardiac arrest. 

Facts about Fennel Herb

Fresh Fennel Herb

Fennel belongs to the Apiaceae family, same like anise, caraway, cilantro, cumin and dill. Like other herbs in the family, fennel is a tall shrub, usually attaining 1.5 meter in height, and topped with feathery leaves.

Fennel, also known as bronze fennel or common fennel, is a shrub that produces both the leafy growth and seed-like fruit. Its scientific name is known as Foeniculum vulgare. The Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum, often called sweet anise, finocchio or Florence fennel, contains a bulb together with celery-like stalks that are edible as a vegetable. This fennel vegetable is usually wrongly identified as the vegetable section of the anise herb, and the seed of fennel can be mixed up with aniseed. 

Fennel Nutrition Information and Calories

Nutrition Facts of 1 tablespoon (5 g) Fennel Seeds
Calories 20 kcal
Total Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 1 g


Fennel Recipe

Fennel Tea

Make: 2 cups

1 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 cups water
2 green teabags
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Grind the fennel seeds in a coffee grinder and transfer to a saucepan filled with the water. Bring the mixture to a boil, subsequently simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, pour the orange juice over, and put in the green teabags. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Discard the teabags and pour the fennel tea through a strainer. Finally, add in the honey as desired before serving. 

Fennel Side Effects

When consumed too much, fennel may disrupt the nerves inside the body. You should consult a medical practitioner prior to applying any herbal remedies. Fennel may create contact dermatitis, photo dermatitis as well as cross reactions. Its oil may also cause hallucinations, seizures and so on. By using fennel, photosensitivity to sunlight and rashes on skin had been reported. Consult the physician for any adverse reaction that appears to be abnormal or that is particularly irritating.

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