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Fennel

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Foeniculum vulgare

 

 

Fennel is an aromatic, hardy perennial herb whose roots, leaves, seeds, and essential oil are used in herbal remedies. It is anti-inflammatory, diuretic, cleansing and toning and is particularly effective in eye oils/creams/lotions and toothpastes/mouthwashes. Fennel has a pleasant anise flavour and aroma.

 

Fennel seeds can be added to cleansing, purifying facial steams, masks and herbal cleansing milks. An infusion can be made from fennel leaves and used as a facial skin toner.

 

Traditionally, fennel seeds were chewed after eating to freshen the breath. Here is a simple recipe for breath fresheners that draws upon the old tradition: beat 5ml egg white briefly then mix in 25g fennel seeds and 10ml sugar. Spread the mixture out on a baking tray and bake at 180 degrees C for five minutes until it is slightly browned. Allow to cool and place in a small bowl or jar.

 

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