HOME REMEDY: Fennel
Monday, 30 November -0001

HOME REMEDY: Fennel

Written by Sof McVeigh
The delicate, wispy leaves of fennel are a great sight in any garden, especially as they quickly shoot up, towering above all else. They are very easy to grow and repeat year after year, needing little maintenance. Even in the winter, their tall, hollow stems give a structure to my tiny herb patch. The leaves are well known for adding interest to salads, and wrapping baked fish in them brings out the distinctive flavour of the plant. At this time of year, its cheerful yellow flowers are a welcome sight and now is the time to keep an eye on them and get ready to harvest the seeds – for it's the seeds that have the most value from a
home remedy point of view.

Fennel tea made from the seeds is a favourite aid to digestion, particularly good for expelling trapped wind; it also eases indigestion and heartburn, and is often found in children's colic remedies. Fennel tea bags are readily available from health food shops, but you can make your own by pouring boiling water over a teaspoon of the seeds. Or you can chew on the seeds to freshen your breath.

Sof McVeigh: www.thehomemadecompany.com


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