Herb of the Day-Fennel
The well known aromatic culinary herb called the fennel was extensively used as an herbal remedy to aid digestion in the ancient eras; it is a very pretty and feathery looking fragrant herb. Digestion and absorption of food is promoted by the herb, as the volatile oils in the plant affect and increase the secretion of digestive enzymes in the stomach. Spasms in the digestive tract are relaxed by the effective carminative properties of the herb and in addition, the herb also helps in relieving excess abdominal wind, it aids in bringing about a reduction in colic and in reducing the discomfort of hiccoughs, in this role the fennel is an ingredient in the gripe water used to reduce colic. Disorders such as long term indigestion, problems like heartburn, persistent constipation and abdominal pain can be treated using the fennel as a herbal remedy, traditionally the ability of the fennel to increase digestion was known, and it was added to cooking food for this very reason. Many types of disorders which are peculiar to women can be treated with the herbal remedies made from the fennel herb. Lactation was traditionally promoted in nursing mothers in ancient Greece, by giving them fennel, the herb actively aids secretion of breast milk, and digestive troubles in the nursing baby can also be alleviated as the volatile oils in the fennel pass from mother to the baby via the breast milk. Some other uses of the fennel in the treatment of disorders in women include its use as an aid in the regulation of the menstrual cycle and as an herbal aid in relieving period pains during menstruation. Fluid retention in the body is also aided by the strong and effective diuretic properties of the fennel, the volatile oils in the herb are also antiseptic - for this reason, the herb is a very effective remedy for the treatment of urinary infections in patients. The strong detoxification action of the fennel also renders it a very effective remedy for disorders such as arthritis and gout, the herb promotes the quick elimination of accumulated metabolic toxins in the body via the urine, it thus cleanses the body of toxins. Accumulated urinary stones and gravel in the digestive system can also be rid using the fennel based herbal remedy. Sight was believed to be strengthened in many ancient societies by taking the fennel in meals, in addition, many traditional and ancient cultures in Europe used the fennel to prepare herbal eyewash for treating soreness, to beat back tiredness, and to heal the inflammation and infections affecting the eyes of people. An antiseptic action is also observed in the volatile oils extracted from the fennel herb; these oils are the reason that the fennel is useful in the treatment of infections in different parts of the body - and especially the infections affecting the respiratory system of patients. The volatile oil of the fennel are often used diluted as massage oils for topical treatment of the body, and in many external liniments for the treatment of painful joints in the body, the oil is also used to treat abdominal problems especially the ones which involve colic and griping pains. Local application of the oil on the body or the bruised seed exudates is used in alleviating the pain of a toothache and earache in patients.