Dangers of fennel remedies
Can fennel be toxic?
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), in normal food uses, is not toxic. Nor does it present toxicity in suitable medicinal uses.
On the other hand, a number of possible side effects and contraindications have to be taken into account, especially in sensitive people, such as children and pregnant women and during breastfeeding.
Dangers of fennel essential oil
The greatest danger of this plant lies in the use of its essential oil or of highly concentrated remedies with fennel fruits.
Fennel essential oil is extremely toxic (neurotoxic) and for this reason its ingestion is not recommended. Even diluted, it has toxicity and should not be taken without the advice of the doctor.
Dangers of remedies heavily loaded with fennel
Likewise, fennel fruits can be toxic when taken in high quantities.
For example, there have been cases of intoxication in infants, whose mothers took infusions heavily loaded with fennel and anise (two plants with much anethole, component of their essential oil).
Why is fennel essential oil toxic?
The essential oil, which is extracted from its fruits, is toxic because it has a series of components with toxic properties. Among them, the most important are:
What symptoms does poisoning with fennel essential oil show?
The undiluted fennel essential oil is very toxic, since only doses greater than 1 ml can affect the nervous system. Among the main symptoms that can cause poisoning by fennel essential oil we have the following:
- Muscle weakness and lethargy
- Respiratory problems
- Edema in the lungs
Fennel fruits (seeds) , when taken in high quantities, can produce similar results.
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29 October, 2019