Fennel seeds contain a compound called phytoestrogen, which acts like a mild form of the female hormone estrogen. This property makes it an effective remedy for regulating menstruation, relieving the symptoms of menopause and helping nursing mothers to increase their milk production.
Use a Fennel Decoction for Women's Health
Lightly crush the fennel seeds with a pestle and mortar or with a plastic bag and hammer. Place the crushed seeds in a pan.
Add the water, cover and bring it to a boil. Let steep, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes.
Strain into a warmed mug. Drink 3 cups of fennel tea a day.
Use Toasted Fennel Seeds for Women's Health
Place half a cup of fennel seeds in a heavy, ungreased skillet. Set the pan over medium heat.
Lightly toast the seeds until they are fragrant and a shade darker, about two minutes. Be sure to keep stirring until they are done.
Remove the pan from the heat and let the seeds cool. Store in a dry spice jar.
Chew one teaspoonful of your toasted fennel seeds as a snack. Sprinkle them on your salads and cereal, add them to your marinades and sauces or bake them into your cookies, bread and biscuits. Use toasted fennel seeds in your pork and fish recipes.
Use Candied Fennel for Women's Health
Combine the toasted fennel and pumpkin seeds and set aside.
Place the water, butter and sugar in a heavy pan. Set the pan over low heat and stir the ingredients until the sugar dissolves.
Increase the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. The liquid will be syrupy.
Remove from the heat and stir in the ground fennel and baking soda. Add the toasted fennel and pumpkin seeds, and stir rapidly to coat them with the syrup.
Spoon the mixture into a cookie sheet. Let the candied fennel seeds cool completely and store them in a tightly covered container.
As with any regular or herbal medication, it is important to tell your doctor or health care practitioner if you are taking a fennel preparation. Don't use fennel if you are epileptic or pregnant.