FENNEL

NAME : FENNEL

GAELIC NAME : 

LATIN NAME : Foeniculum vulgare.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Large Fennel Sweet Fennel Wild Fennel

MEDICINAL PART : Root Seed

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 prominent ribs.

PROPERTIES : Antispasmodic Aromatic Carminative Diuretic Expectorant Galactagogue Stimulant Stomachic

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

GENDER: Masculine.
PLANET: Mercury.
ELEMENT: Fire.
DEITIES:  Áine
POWERS: Protection Healing Purification

RITUAL USES

Call on Áine when using for healing and protection

MAGICAL USES

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.

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