Formal Name: Foeniculum vulgare
Supplement Forms: Flowers, seeds, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Fennel was originally used in ancient times by Roman warriors to maintain a general sense of well being, and by women to fight obesity. The Romans also believed that the herb might also promote healthy eyesight. In medieval times, fennel seeds were used to fight indigestion. The fumes of burning fennel and dried grasses were also used to treat respiratory disorders.

Bodily Functions Fennel Assists

Fennel is primarily used to bolster the body's digestive system. In addition, the herb can be used to treat kidney stones, menopausal problems, obesity, and nausea. Some studies indicate that fennel may also increase the production of milk when a mother is breastfeeding.

Foods High in Fennel

Fennel makes a delicious flavoring for many soups and stews. The flavor of the herb is particularly suited to fresh fish, and can be used in marinades and seasoning blends. Fennel can also be brewed as a tea if you wish to receive its health benefits more directly.

Ailment That Fennel Eliminates:
  • Treats indigestion
  • Relieves constipation
  • Eliminates flatulence
  • Treats menopausal problems
  • Alleviates nausea
  • Soothes eyes when applied externally to eyelids
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Excessive amounts may harm the nervous system
  • Dermatitis
  • Vomiting and upset stomach in rare cases
  • Fennel oil should be ingested