Fennel Seed

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Fennel

Part: Seed

Scientific name: Foeniculum vulgare

Energy: (Slightly) warming

Taste: Sweet, pungent, aromatic, acrid

Western herbalism:  Parsley family (Apiaceae), can contain up to 6% essential oil, and does contain fixed oil, and flavonoids, among other medicinal constituents

Main uses:  mild expectorant, antispasmodic, effects beta-2 receptors causing vasodilation, relaxation of the intestinal tract, as well as uterus relaxation, dilation of the bronchioles, and relaxation of the bladder, also used for anti-inflammatory effects, as a galactagogue, carminative, contains phytoestrogens, and used for flavoring

Traditional Chinese Medicine:  Chinese name – XIAO HUI XIANG

Main uses:  used to move stagnant Liver Qi and warm the Spleen and Stomach, reduces abdominal coldness and helps relieve pain due to cold stagnation in testes

Ayurvedic/Indian:

Dosha effects: Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Main uses: Used as a carminative for digestion, flatulence and colic in infants, antispasmodic for digestive upset and coughs, anti-inflammatory, helps with the production of breast milk in lactating mothers, phytoestrogenic, mild expectorant, and helps mildly induce the onset of menses

Cautions: possible cautioned use in pregnancy, essential oil can be overused and cause seizures, vomiting, and pulmonary edema

Preparation and dosage:

Tea- 1tsp of crushed seeds, Powder- Acute condition- up to 12grams/day   Chronic condition- 1-2grams/day,   Tincture- 1:4 – 10 to 60 drops 4 times/day

 

*Always consult a qualified health professional before using herbal medicine, especially in conjunction with pharmaceuticals in therapeutic doses above those found in food amounts*

 

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Rosemary

Rosemary

Part: Leaf

Scientific name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Energy: drying and warming

Taste: spicy and aromatic

Western herbalism:  Mint family (Lamiaceae)

Main uses:  Nervine, diuretic, astringent, carminative, abortifacient, emmenagogue, cholagogue, anti-spasmodic, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, can be used as a tonic for peripheral circulation and to soothe the nervous system, is useful for headaches and hypotension potentially due to stress or recent illness, and the essential oil can be used topically to relieve pain, whilst increasing circulation, can also be used to strengthen hair or combined with apple cider or white vinegar as a rinse for dandruff/itchy scalp

*specifically used for headaches caused by stomach ailments, and contains aromatic oils and salicylic acid

Cautions: in pregnancy as it can bring on menses

Preparation and dosage:

Tea- 1tsp per cup of water, 1:5 dry leaf tincture- 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day

 

*Always consult a qualified health professional before using herbal medicine, especially in conjunction with pharmaceuticals in therapeutic doses above those found in food amounts*

 

Book an appointment today with Shannon Hobson, Certified East West Herbalist

Text or call 604-993-0169, or email at natknowhow@gmail.com