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12/10/10 2:58 P

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i'm somewhat new but wanted to post on the topic of fennel.. i know it's made a huge difference for me for my IBS. the taste takes a bit to get used to in tea (adding lemon makes it better) i like to drink it first thing in the morning to keep my gut settled, and if i'm having an attack, it definitely seems to help the pain, and get it calmed down than without fennel. it's by no means a cure, but it helps!

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8/19/10 2:03 P

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http://www.helpforibs.com/shop/teas/fennel
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I get my fennel tea from there along with a few other items that really help with my IBS. Fennel has always helped calm my stomach and I can't do without it.

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8/15/10 3:07 P

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I have never had fresh fennel but am a huge fan of the seeds with a tomato sauce. I usually add a lot of it - about a tabespoon to a big pot of sauce - along with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. It makes a very exotic flavor.

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8/15/10 3:02 P

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I am not a fan of the taste. I never knew the difference between the two so thanks for the info though.

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8/13/10 9:57 P

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That is probably why I was told they are the same thing. Come to think of it, the grocery had the plant marked as anise rather than fennel. It is no wonder I couldn't find it when I was looking for it.

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8/13/10 9:42 P

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http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?pfriend
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Although they share a similar taste profileóreminiscent of black licoriceófennel and anise are two different plants. The botanical name of anise is Pimpinella anisum while the botanical name of fennel is Foeniculum vulgare. Both anise and fennel belong to the Apiaceae family.

In addition to the fact that they share a similar flavor, what often creates confusion among these two plants/foods is that fennel is often referred to as anise. Since the whole plant (bulb, stalks, fronds) of fennel is consumed while it is usually just the seeds from the anise plant that are eaten, if you see a vegetable-like plant called "anise," chances are that it is actually fennel.

There is one further complication to the anise and fennel story. Historically, several different plants have been referred to as "anise." One version of anise you may also be familiar with is star anise (also called Chinese anise). This form of anise gets its name from the eight-pointed star that forms a pod for its seeds. The seeds from star anise provide a very similar flavor to the Pimpinella plant described above, and they are commonly consumed in China and other parts of Asia where the tree that produces them commonly grows. Star anise has its own scientific name (Illicum verum) and unlike fennel and anise, it is not a part of the Apiaceae family but rather the Illiciaceae family.



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8/13/10 9:04 P

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I read somewhere that anise comes from fennel. That is why I asked about that. I guess it would be the seeds, though. It is like cilantro if from cardamom seeds, I think (I may have that one mixed up, but the spice from the seeds is a different name than the cilantro).

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8/13/10 8:27 P

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I think they are two different things. You need the tea or fennel extract. I wonder if there are fennel supplements?

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Can you use anise to make it instead of the tea or would that be just as much? I don't know what all would be in it.

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8/13/10 7:44 P

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Fennel Seed Tea from the health food store is great! Although it's expensive $4.99 for 20 tea bags. It tastes and smells like mild black licorice but it does cut down on gas when I drink it with a meal.

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8/13/10 7:40 P

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I believe fennel is one ingredient used in a natural liquid cure for colic in babies. (Dropperful) It certainly can't hurt.

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8/13/10 6:56 P

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I was watching Dr. Oz today and he had helps for three pains people have. One of those was for stomach aches and he said that Fennel was good for them. Mainly he mentioned gas.

Has anyone tried eating fennel and seeing what it would do for their IBS? I've used it in some carrot and orance soup I made one time, but have never tried it in anything else.

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