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Fennel Seeds Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

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How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Recipes with Fennel Seeds: Cardamom, Ginger & Fennel Tea
Recipes with Fennel Seeds: Cardamom, Ginger & Fennel Tea
Pick a random Indian restaurant in the United States, and you are more than likely to be greeted by a little bowl of bright green roasted fennel seeds, placed near the entrance door. You can toss a few in your mouth and chew on them as you scan the menu and place your order. As you wait for the food to arrive, these little seeds do their magic: perking up the palate, stimulating hunger, priming the digestive system. Enjoy the food at leisure, savoring each bite with awareness and relish. On your way out, feel free to help yourself to a few more seeds. Skip the breath mints tonight; fennel seeds function as excellent mouth fresheners and what's more, they aid the digestive process as well.

Digestive & Mouth Freshener

Sweet and stimulating, fennel possesses a unique combination of warming and cooling qualities that stimulate the appetite before meals and facilitate digestion afterward. Ate a little too much and feel bloated? Was the food a tad too spicy? Fennel relieves gas and bloating; it also functions to reduce burping, acid reflux, and alleviate nausea and indigestion. Fennel improves the digestive agni by stimulating blood flow to the stomach.

For Babies

Babies can experience relief from colic pains by drinking fennel water with sodium bicarbonate and glycerine. Fennel is estrogenic in nature, so it increases growth of breast tissue. It also has diaphoretic properties that increase the flow of milk in lactating mothers.

A Rare Cooling Spice

Although many spices are heating, fennel is tempered by a cool quality the calms the mind and increases clarity. As a diuretic it relieves Pitta, flushing and soothing burning sensations in the urinary tract and detoxifying the blood. Fennel has been shown to protect the liver of experimental animals from chemical toxicity.

Relieving Spasms

Fennel, like many aromatic herbs, is effective in relaxing smooth muscle spasms. It specifically relieves bronchial spasms in the lungs, colic in the GI tract and uterine cramping, thereby helping with diverse conditions from asthma to menstrual cramps. Fennel's aromatic quality also relaxes blood vessels and opens circulation, reducing swelling and pain. Its circulatory stimulating qualities are effective in countering rheumatism.

Other Uses

Many lung formulas utilize fennel to clear phlegm and relieve cough. Ancient Romans regarded fennel as the herb of sight and rightly so, for root extracts of fennel have been used to clear cloudiness of the eyes and cure glaucoma.

In Chinese medicine, fennel has the properties of soothing liver Qi, warming the kidney, expelling cold and alleviating pain. It specifically regulates & harmonizes stomach Qi. Like licorice and cardamom, it may be used to help harmonize other formulas. Western herbalists use fennel for its anti-cancer properties.

Recipes with Fennel Seeds: Almond Milk Chai with Mint & Fennel
Recipes with Fennel Seeds: Almond Milk Chai with Mint & Fennel

About Fennel Seeds

Cool and soothing, verdant and fragrant, fennel is a member of the carrot family that includes other popular spices such as cumin, coriander, dill and celery. Fennel is used as a flavoring in some natural toothpastes and mouth fresheners. Fennel seeds may be confused with those of anise; however anise seeds are smaller in size. Cuisines of India, Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East feature fennel seeds prominently. In many parts of India and Pakistan, roasted fennel seeds are consumed as after-meal digestive and breath freshener. India leads worldwide in production of fennel.

Buying & Preparation

Fennel fronds are delicate in flavor and resemble dill. Fresh fennel seeds are brown/green in color but as they age, the color changes to a dull grey. Store fennel seeds in the refrigerator to retain their freshness for a longer period.

Cooking Fennel Seeds

Be it a warming cup of tea or a piquant 5-spice mix, a simple salad with crisp cabbage shreds and matchstick carrots or an elaborate curry preparation with butternut squash, peppers and coconut, fennel seeds add their own little fragrant punch, distinctive and bright in flavor. Fennel fronds cook up in minutes and can be added to lentils, leafy greens, summer slaws, lettuce and arugula salads, etc. In Syria and Lebanon, fennel is used in combination with flour and onions to prepare a special kind of omelette. Many sausage and pickle recipes employ fennel as a flavoring ingredient. The fennel bulb is often sliced thin and eaten braised, marinated or even raw. Fennel sugar candies provide the perfect sweet ending to a meal, popular with adults and children alike.

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Are Fennel Seeds Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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SERVING SIZE: 1/4 tsp
SPECIES: Foeniculum vulgare
FAMILY: Apiaceae

EAT IN: SPRING

Biocharacteristics of Fennel Seeds

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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TASTES
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The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Affinity: Kidney Bladder Urinary, Respiratory Health
Family: Apiaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Fennel Seeds
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Carminative

STRONG CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Analgesic

ANALGESIC

Pain reliever, reduces pain without eliminating sensation. Also known as anodyne.

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Brain Tonic

BRAIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the brain and thereby enhances memory or other cognitive functions and improves mental stamina or stability.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Vulnerary

MILD VULNERARY

An herb used for the treatment of wounds (antiulcer, connective tissue tonic).

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Antitussive

ANTITUSSIVE

Cough suppressant, particularly for dry coughs or a tickle in your throat.

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Expectorant

EXPECTORANT

Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.

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Lung Tonic

LUNG-TONIC

Strengthens the lungs. Lung tonics include antifibrotic, vessel tonic, or nourishing herbs with an affinity for the lungs. They aid recovery in acute or chronic lung conditions.

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Immune Calming

IMMUNE-CALMING

Herbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system, useful in allergies and autoimmune conditions.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Antiandrogen

ANTIANDROGEN

Reduces androgen (testosterone), which can reduce excess growth, drive, and libido. Reduces skin oiliness. Helpful for prostate enlargement.

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Estrogenic

ESTROGENIC

Increases estrogen, helpful in menopause. Estrogen is anabolic and increases muscle growth, bone density, and moisture.

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Galactagogue

GALACTAGOGUE

Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.

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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Constituents:
Nitric Oxide

STRONG NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Fennel Seeds

Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Brain-tonic, Carminative, Galactagogue, Nervine, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Lung-tonic, Stimulates-energy

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Immune-calming, Nervine, Appetizer, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Antiandrogen, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Galactagogue, Lung-tonic

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Carminative

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Cardamom

Cardamom has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Lung-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Decongestant, Expectorant, Nervine, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Digestive, Galactagogue, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Expectorant, Nervine, Stomachic

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Caraway Seeds

Caraway Seeds has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Lung-tonic, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Immune-calming, Spleen-tonic, Antitussive, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic

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Thyme (fresh)

Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Immune-calming, Nervine, Vulnerary, Appetizer, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Expectorant, Lung-tonic, Stimulates-energy

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Vulnerary, Carminative, Estrogenic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Digestive, Expectorant, Nervine, Stomachic, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Spleen-tonic

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Nervine, Stomachic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Fennel Seeds

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Expectorant, Immune-calming, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Lung-tonic, Appetizer, Nervine, Burns-toxins, Spleen-tonic, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy, Digestive, Vulnerary

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Stomachic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Immune-calming, Antispasmodic, Internal-detoxicant, Appetizer, Lung-tonic, Burns-toxins, Nervine, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Expectorant, Analgesic, Immune-calming, Antispasmodic, Internal-detoxicant, Appetizer, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative

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Angelica

Angelica has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Digestive, Expectorant, Immune-calming, Lung-tonic, Analgesic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Stomachic

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Digestive, Estrogenic, Expectorant, Immune-calming, Analgesic, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant, Digestive, Diuretic, Immune-calming

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Immune-calming, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Appetizer, Vulnerary, Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Nervine, Antiandrogen, Vulnerary, Antitussive, Carminative, Estrogenic, Expectorant, Immune-calming, Lung-tonic

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Antiandrogen, Vulnerary, Antitussive, Carminative, Estrogenic, Expectorant, Immune-calming, Lung-tonic, Analgesic, Nervine

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Belly breathing

Belly breathing has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive, Expectorant, Internal-detoxicant, Lung-tonic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Analgesic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative

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Impact of Fennel Seeds

In each clinical research trial below, students from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda ate the selected food for 3 days and reported the pharmacological effects. See other clinical research trials for diet & herbs at Joyful Belly.

TEMPERATURE/CIRCULATION

How did Fennel Seeds affect your temperature?

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Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your ear temperature?

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HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your sweat quantity?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of your skin?

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Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of your tongue body?

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3
0
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PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the swelling of your tongue body?

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17
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your appetite/hunger?

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Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your digestion speed?

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Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

TOXINS

How did Fennel Seeds affect the amount of gas & bloating?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your stool smell?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

Tongue: How did Fennel Seeds affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

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Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of your tongue coating?

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YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your throat soreness?

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More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your urine smell?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your sweat smell?

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3
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your acne?

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More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your freckles/moles?

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DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

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Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
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No Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of the lower eye lid?

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More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

HYDRATION

How did Fennel Seeds affect your urine frequency/quantity?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the dryness of your skin?

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1
17
DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

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PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the cracks on your tongue?

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Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

FLUID-THICKNESS

How did Fennel Seeds affect your ear pressure?

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20
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More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your congestion?

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More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

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More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

NERVOUS-SYSTEM

How did Fennel Seeds affect your energy levels?

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Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your muscle tension?

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15
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Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your anxiety?

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Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the stillness of your tongue?

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More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

DIGESTION

How did Fennel Seeds affect the amount of gas & bloating?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect burning sensations in digestive tract (do not include acid reflux)?

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Much reliefSlight reliefSameSlightly more burningMuch more burning
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your appetite/hunger?

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Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your digestion speed?

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Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

TONGUE

How did Fennel Seeds affect the cracks on your tongue?

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Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

Tongue: How did Fennel Seeds affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

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Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the swelling of your tongue body?

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More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of your tongue body?

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PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the stillness of your tongue?

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17
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More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of your tongue coating?

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YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

STOOL

How did Fennel Seeds affect your stool smell?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your stool consistency?

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Much softerSlightly softerSameSlightly harderMuch harder
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your stool frequency/quantity?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your stool color?

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More yellowMore grayMore greenMore orangeSame
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your stool lightness?

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Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly darkerMuch darker
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

URINE

How did Fennel Seeds affect your urine frequency/quantity?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your urine clarity?

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More cloudySameMore clear
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your urine smell?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your urine lightness?

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Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly DarkerMuch Darker
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

SWEAT

How did Fennel Seeds affect your sweat smell?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your sweat quantity?

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19
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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

SKIN

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of your skin?

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0
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Yellower/GreenerPalerRedderGrayerNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your freckles/moles?

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20
1
DarkerNo ChangeLighter
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your acne?

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More acneNo ChangeLess acne
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the dryness of your skin?

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DrierOilierNo Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

EYE

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of your sclera (white part of eye)?

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Redder/BloodshotYellowerGrayerBrownerWhiter
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No Change
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the color of the lower eye lid?

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More green/dark greenMore purpleNo ChangeLess green/purple
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the puffiness of lower eye lid?

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20
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PuffierNo ChangeLess Puffy
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

ENT

How did Fennel Seeds affect your throat soreness?

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20
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More soreNo ChangeLess sore
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect the thickness of your mucous congestion?

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More thickNo ChangeLess thick
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your ear temperature?

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20
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HotterNo ChangeCooler
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your congestion?

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17
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More congestionNo ChangeLess congestion
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your ear pressure?

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More pressureNo ChangeLess pressure
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

SYSTEMIC

How did Fennel Seeds affect your anxiety?

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13
1
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Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your temperature?

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Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your energy levels?

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Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your muscle tension?

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Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

HEART

How did Fennel Seeds affect your heart rhythm?

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1
More palpitationsSameLess palpitations
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your heart pain/pressure/cramping?

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Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)

How did Fennel Seeds affect your heart rate?

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Much slowerSlightly slowerSameSlightly fasterMuch faster
Total Responses: 23 Study ID:52 (2021-05-05 - 2021-05-29)


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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Fennel Seeds may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Fennel Seeds may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?

Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Hello Bhairavi! Can you be a bit more precise about the type of pain in your neck? I have been dealing with neck pain for almost 2 years now, and would be interested to see if it ressembles your pain... because I have been using CCF tea for about 2 years!... How did you pinpoint that the fennel was giving you your neck pain? Many thanks for your help! ;-)
- BARBARA KMINEK, Montreal, QU , 11-11-13 (Reply)
It may be due it "dryness" I get itchyness around the back of the scalp along with a dry tongue after the tea
- Geoffrey Castro, Rogers, AR , 09-14-16 (Reply)
Interesting information Debra, thank you for sharing! From an Ayurvedic perspective, fennel is a unique herb because it is both cooling and a digestive - which is rare. Most herbs and spices have an overall heating effect on the body and at the same time boost the digestive fire. Fennel has an overall cooling effect on the body, but does boost the digestive fire - so I think Ayurveda would agree that it has a hidden fire in it.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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, 09-15-16 (Reply)
I love the richness of this article. It motivates me to go out and get fennel seeds! The article reaches beyond seeds to fronds, etc. I wonder, what part is referenced in this statement: "Like licorice and cardamom, it may be used to help harmonize other formulas"?
- Nathan Sorenson, Olivehurst, CA
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, 01-12-19 (Reply)
Nathan this would be in reference to a powder (churna) made from the seeds.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ , 01-14-19 (Reply)
Are fennel seeds as effective as a digestive if eaten raw?
- Michael
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, 04-24-19 (Reply)
Generally raw fennel seeds are considered to support digestion.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ , 04-29-19 (Reply)

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