As the preparers of food, women (and today, many men) hold the power of health as s/he alone can redefine “health care” and the quality of “medicines” s/he opts for the family right from the kitchen. Almost all of our foods, spices and condiments have healing properties.
Because our survival is dependent upon our ingestion of food for physical sustenance, digestion is the single most important function of our living organism (next to air and water). DIGESTION, ASSIMILATION and ELIMINATION are three extremely important and pivotal aspects of health, and a series of foods and spices that assist our bodies in these areas are called carminatives, laxatives, cholagogues, emetics, parasiticides, sialagogues and bitters. The most common are Anise seed, Basil (relieves allergies), Bay leaves, Black Pepper (rids congestion), Caraway, Cardamom, Cayenne (can stop stroke/heart attack), Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Fennel (relieves gas), Fenugreek (lung congestion, stomach ulcers), Garlic and Ginger, Marjoram, Mustard Seed, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme, just to name a few.
Uses for Fennel
Fennel powder is also used as a poultice for snakebites.
Grilled Fennel with Lemon Oil