The Secret of the Empress

In order to support better nutrition, as well as support our ability to feed ourselves nourishingly and savagely, I wanted to tell you today about the properties of Hinojo, a plant that grows naturally in Chile and other parts of the world ... which in soups and infusions gives a pleasant flavor, but above all supports a good digestion ...

Fennel is a plant of biannual to perennial, of an erect stem, striated in its end, branched and finished in its end by umbels composed of small yellow flowers. The leaves are alternate leaves and cut into threadlike segments.

The fruits are diaquenios with a groove or canal. The whole plant gives off a very aromatic perfume. Its origin is centered in the Mediterranean region and Caucasia. Fennel is grown today in extensive plantations, and also in gardens.

In fennel are harvested for medicinal use preferably fruits (seeds). Mature umbels should always be cut by hand for best results and quality. Those that are not in their mature state should be left in the plant until it is complete. The seeds are pre-selected and checked to be free of moisture prior to storage, which is done in sealed envelopes and in a dry place.


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Fennel contains up to 6% of essential oil (oleum foeniculi), which is mainly composed of ringol and fencona; also contains albriminas, sugars and mucilage.

The fennel drug has aperitive, galactagogas and digestive properties. It is used as carminative in the elimination of intestinal gases and in digestive disorders. It is famous in ocular applications. The seeds have a spasmolytic effect of the smooth mucosa and analgesic in case of colic.


For the applications described, boil one cup of water with a teaspoon of ground fennel seeds, or in the absence of 15 grams of fresh root. Let stand and take after meals 2 or 3 times a day.

FENCE COMPRESSES FOR EYE APPLICATIONSIn a liter of boiling water pour a teaspoon of ground seeds. Let stand 10 minutes and soak the gauze or compresses to be applied over the eyes. CULINARY USE Cut the bulb into squares or slices to include it in the soup, it will provide nutrients and also reduce flatulence. For sauces cut the small cubes, giving a greater taste and pleasant smell to your sauces ...

  • Adam Floyd