Fennel [Foeniculum vulgare]

Fennel seed is one of the most effective digestive aids, having carminative, smooth muscle antispasmodic, and stomachic properties.

Fennel is most commonly used as a digestive aid; it is particularly helpful for occasional gas, bloating, and indigestion.

Studies have shown that fennel has a calming action on smooth muscles, which may be in part how it restores health to the digestive tract. Fennel is also reported to exhibit a positive effect upon lactation and its medicinal properties pass through breast milk, reducing infant colic.

Fennel also has anti-nauseant properties, aiding recovery from stomach flu, food poisoning, digestive infections, and hangovers.