Fennel is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean that has a long history of culinary and herbal medical use. Just about the entire plant is edible, and the bulbs, seeds, leaves and flowers are important flavors for Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisine, among others.
Fennel's health benefits are diverse. It's been used to aid digestion, as an expectorant, as a diuretic, and even to improve eyesight. For skin care fennel is important for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Traditionally it was used to speed the healing of wounds and burns. It's also loaded with phytonutrients, flavonoids and antioxidants, which explains fennel's effectiveness.