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Fennel Facts - To Eat Or Not To Eat

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Fennel seeds


Every time I think of Fennel, I can only relate it to the Indian restaurants that serve this herb as a breath freshener after the meals. However, there is much more relevance that these little seeds have. Read on to know more about Fennel facts.


 


Mostly used in Mediterranean cuisine, for Salads, Pastas and Vegetable preparations, fennel seeds are also an important component of Italian sausages, and many Indian dishes. The seeds have an aniseed like flavor and are used to impart aroma and a distinctive taste to the food. However, there is much more to the herb.


 


Fantastic Fennel


 


1 Fennel seeds have carminative properties, therefore fennel tea which is prepared by mixing ground fennel with hot water is considered a good carminative.


 


2 Fennel seeds can also be eaten along with laxatives as they help to dispel their side effects.


 


3 One of the many fennel facts is that it is said to improve the eyesight. In fact in ancient Rome, fennel was called the herb of sight.


 


4 Fennel has also been considered as a probable treatment for the problem of hypertension.


 


5 Apart from possessing these fabulous medicinal properties, Fennel seeds are also used as an effective breath freshener.


 


6 Grounded fennel seeds can also keep the flies at bay.


 


 


The Word Of Caution


 


Though the herb is harmless, but like it is said, an overdose of anything is harmful so is the case with fennel. If taken in excessive quantity, it may cause increase in palpitation and neurotic harms. Also, the fennel essential oil may cause nausea if ingested.


 


Now since you are all aware of the Fennel Facts, go on and utilize the herb to the fullest, but remember not to over do it.


 


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