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Botanical: Foeniculum vulgare

Also known as Fenkel, Sweet Fennel, Wild Fennel and the Latin name of Foeniculum vulgare, Fennel was well known by the ancients and can be found in many sources of folklore. Among the Romans it was used for its aromatic fruits and edible shoots, and in medieval folklore it was said that snakes shed their skin near fennel plants, and ingest it to heal injuries to their eyes.
Soothes digestion, especially flatulence, constipation, and indigestion. Promotes milk production in lactating woman and animals.
Helps with  treating colic or painful teething . Among adults, it is sometimes used with tea for similar purposes; reducing gas after meals or when it is otherwise chronic or painful. Fennel can also sometimes be used as a diuretic among adults, aiding in urinary problems. It has also found claim to uses in the veterinary field as well, often being set in kennels and stables to drive away fleas.

In the mid-ages it was ritually hung over doors on Midsummer`s eve to ward off evil spirits, and it was viewed as a powerful protective force against witchcraft and evil influences. To this day it survives in similar tradition, and finds use in many traditions in spells and prayers of protection and purification, seeking to prevent curses and possession, and otherwise ward off negative attention and energies.

Burn for purification and healing mixtures. In Lacnunga, Fennel is used in charms against all manner of ill-meaning wights, from elves to sorcerers, and even against insanity.

Fennel symbolizes longevity, courage, and strength.

One of the Nine Sacred herbs of the Anglo Saxons
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