NAME : FENNEL
GAELIC NAME :
LATIN NAME : Foeniculum vulgare.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Large
MEDICINAL PART : Root
HABITAT : Grows wild in the Mediterranean area and in Asia Minor but is
commonly cultivated (and sometimes found wild) in the U.S. and Europe.
DESCRIPTION : Fennel is a biennial or perennial plant. The long, carrot-shaped
root produces a stout, pithy, finely grooved stem with fine bluish stripes. The leaves are
decompound, dissected into numerous filiform segments, the upper leaves on broad sheath
that surround the stem.
FLOWERING PERIOD : Large, compound umbels of yellow flowers appear from July
to October. The fruit consists of two joined carpels, together taking an oblong form with
PROPERTIES : Antispasmodic
Call on Áine when using for
healing and protection
Grown around the house, fennel confers protection.
Fennel is also hung up at windows and doors to ward off evil spirits, and is carried for
the same reason.
Fennel is used in purification sachets, as well as healing mixtures.