Native to the Mediterranean region and one of the oldest cultivated plants, fennel has been widely used as both a vegetable and an herb since ancient times. It is also useful as a medicinal plant. Its name is derived from the Latin word flenum, meaning hay. TheGreeks knew it by yet another name—marathon—because it was believed that fennel seeds suppressed the appetite and afforded extra energy to long-distance runners. Besides itsapparent ability to enhance stamina and longevity, fennel is now considered useful in aiding digestion and relieving menstrual pain.
RELIABLE RELIEF FOR GAS
Fennel is a highly effective carminative, which means it helps relieve gas and bloating. To make a tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 heaping tsp. of ground fennel seeds.Cover and steep for 10 min.; then strain. As a preventive measure, drink 1 cup of warm, unsweetened tea in small sips after eating a meal.