With its distinctive aroma and licorice-like taste, fennel is a popular spice used in cooking, teas, and also for medicinal purposes.
It can be added to dozens of foods, like breads, sauteed vegetables, or salads, and chewed after meals as a breath-freshener.
But its usefulness doesn’t end there – according to numerous studies, fennel has many health benefits as well.
The use of fennel dates back to ancient times, according to wellness advocates, and is now used for soothing digestive troubles, and easing the symptoms of PMS.
Here are some of the lesser known therapeutic functions of this common spice:
1. Anti-Aging Properties
Fennel, as a natural source of B vitamins, is a natural skin care aid. B vitamins, along with vitamin C, are necessary for maintaining great skin, promoting collagen synthesis and keeping the skin tight and firm as you age.
A 2012 study published in the German journal Die Pharmazie examined the in vivo anti-aging effects that cream containing fennel could have on the skin.
“The formulation and base were evaluated for effect on skin moisture and transepidermal water loss, or TEWL,” the study authors explained.
“The formulation showed significant effects on skin moisture and TEWL… The texture parameter energy showed a significant increase proving that the formulation possesses potential anti-aging effects.”(1)