Fennel or *Foeniculum Officinalis* has been grown as a vegetable by the Greeks since the Gods sat on Mount Olympus. The Greeks called it marathon and its meaning was to grow thin and it appears that the ancient Greeks used it as an early slimming tool, as it can suppress the appetite.
It is very useful to new mothers and breastfeeding mothers, as it is a “glalactagogue”, which means that it will stimulate breast milk production and flow in nursing mothers. It is also well known as an aid for indigestion and as such is very good for gas or colic in new-born babies. Hence the reason it is an ingredient in baby’s gripe water.
Fennel, we like you very much – great for breast feeding and also great for dieting!