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Fennel grows wild in most parts of temperate Europe but is generally considered indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean.
In ancient Greece, fennel was called marathon due to the fact that it was found in abundance in the area of Marathon. It was used for its therapeutic properties and deemed a symbol of success. In China, India and other countries, it was used as an antidote for snake and scorpion venom and against mushroom poisoning. The Romans chewed fennel as an appetite suppressant, and puritans chewed it during fasting to keep hunger at bay. Fennel was hung throughout medieval homes for luck and to keep away ghosts.
Hippocrates used it as analgesic as well as to treat metrorrhagia.
- Fennel has antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-irritant and moisturizing properties.
- It helps to increase breast milk and regulates menstruation.
- It also helps to aid digestion and help liver damage caused by alcohol abuse.
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