Fennel is both a food and a medicine.

Fennel tea is recommended for hot flushes. It has been used by the Greeks, the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and the American Puritans. It was a diet aid for Roman women, whilst the Puritans found that it staved off hunger during their long church services. Fennel tea is good for coughs, bronchitis, flatulence and digestive problems. It stimulates the liver and is a useful diuretic. It is helpful for kidney stones and cystitus. Seventeenth century herbalists recognised fennel as both a food and a medicine. It is often grown for its attractive feathery leaves. Try fennel tea as a change from coffee.