Fennel, 茴香 huíxiāng, traditional 茴香
Fennel is very easy to grow in the garden and is not only aromatic but also, owing to its yellow flowers, very pretty. In the West, fennel is mainly used to enhance fish dishes, but it can also be used as a constituent of salads. For this, peel and chop a little of the stems, which you should cut before the flowers appear (in autumn). Fennel is a sweet-tasting herb and an excellent tonic; it helps the digestive system, disperses flatulence, breaks up phlegm, helps to get rid of surplus fat, and stimulates milk production in mothers. For those suffering from gastro-enteritis, hernia, severe intestinal pains, liver disorders or jaundice, it is a must.
Fennel tea, 茴香茶 huíxiāng chá
Use a quarter of an ounce of fennel seeds to one pint of boiling water, and sip during the day.