It’s Friday and today I am talking FENNEL SEEDS!
Before we jump in I want to know what you are up to this weekend. Anything fun?
If any of you are in the San Diego area I would love to know of anything fun going on! My cousins are in town and I want to show them a good time. Know what I mean?
F E N N E L.
Fennel seeds are one of my favorite spices. It has this licorice, sweet flavor, similar to anise and is paired well with various meats and veggies.
They are native to Southern Europe but are consumed largely in the Mediterranean and Indian cultures.
This source says “they have been used by Ancient Chinese and Indian people to cure snake bites and purify the body. Roman warriors were said to chew fennel seeds to strengthen their bodies. During the middle ages, fennel was hung outside doors to ward off evil spirits. In Ancient Greece, fennel has been called marathon, which roughly means ‘to grow thin’. This supports the claims of fennel seeds to suppress appetite and help reduce weight. In Ayurvedic medicine, fennel seeds have been used in skincare and body detox. Fennel seeds have therapeutic benefits and help calm the mind and relax the body.”
Health Benefits of Fennel Seeds:
Regulates The Flow:
Fennel is an Emmenagogue, meaning that it eases and regulates menstruation by properly regulating hormonal action in the body. Fennel has been known to reduce the effects of PMS, and is used as a soothing pain reliever for menopausal women.
Fiber present in fennel seeds decreases reabsorption of cholesterol, thereby preventing heart-related diseases.
Gets You Growing Strong:
There is a high level of Zinc found in the fennel seeds which helps promotes regular growth and development.
Fennel in food helps protect the eyes from inflammation due to the high abundance of antioxidants, detoxifiers and stimulants.
In India fennel seeds are often mixed into light candies to help with breath after a meal.
Gets Rid of Cellulite:
Fennel seeds massaged into cellulite affected skin will smoothen, hydrate and remove unsightly cellulite.
Strengthens Hair Follicles:
Rich in antioxidants including quercetin and kaemptorol as well as essential oil compounds like chavicol, limonene and anethole, which are all vital for luscious hair.
Detoxifies the Skin from the Inside-Out:
Being a natural diuretic, fennel seeds solve water retention problems and help flush acne causing toxins from our systems.
Natural Facial Toner:
The seeds help tighten, firm and tone pores, reducing oiliness and help shrink large pores.
Reduced Lines and Wrinkles:
Anti-oxidants in fennel seeds fight off free radical scavengers that rob oxygen from healthy skin cells. It has powerful antiaging properties that will protect both skin and hair from premature aging.
Due to its antiseptic nature, fennel seeds make awesome face toners!
Take a handful of seeds and boil them in water. Let the mixture cool, add in a few drops of fennel essentials oil, then take a cotton ball and dab all over face and neck.
Easy, peasy, natural toner.
Add an optional teaspoon of lemon juice for brightening properties and apply with a cotton pad after cleansing.
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Talk later! xx