Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Why is Fennel considered the traditional symbol of bravery and courage in herbal folklore?

Fennel was a popular crop in ancient Greece where it was known as marathon and considered a symbol of bravery. The Battle of Marathon that followed the Persian invasion of Greece was named in honor of the feathery plant that covered the battlefield in which it was fought in 490 BC. The Athenian soldier, Pheidippides, was rewarded with a marathon sprig for carrying news of the invasion to Sparta, which is why statues created in honor of this legendary hero portray him grasping fennel in his hand.

The long distance running event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon (the namesake of the race).

Fennel is commonly known to defeat inflammation and gastrointestinal disturbances.
Mother Earth Zest® a Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Tea blend of ginger, spearmint, fennel and sage aids digestion and neutralizes and acidic stomach.

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