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Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel seed has been linked to a list of health benefits, largely because of its nutrient-dense contents. Fennel contains over four different genres of vitamins, as well as minerals like manganese, folate, potassium, and iron. 

Why You Might Find it Helpful:  Fennel has several essential minerals and vitamins that can have positive effects on your health when ingested in moderation. 

Aside from containing many essential vitamins and minerals, fennel is a natural source of estrogen and contains high levels of dietary nitrates. As a source of natural estrogen, fennel may be helpful to regulate menstrual cycles, ease period-related cramping, and stimulate breast milk production. 

Motherlove uses fennel in our blended supplements because it has been known to be both a natural galactagogue and a digestive aid. These properties can make it effective for counteracting some of the possible side effects of fenugreek, such as gastric upset.

What It Looks Like:  Fennel is a licorice-flavored, feathery, aromatic herb. It grows to be several feet tall with umbels of small, yellow flowers that look very similar to a dill plant. Fennel’s peak growing season is fall through winter, though it has been known to be planted in the spring as well. 

Things to Know: Before taking herbal supplements, you should consult with your doctor to confirm that you are a good candidate.