Fennel is an aromatic herb, belonging to the parsley family, loved for its sweet taste and anise (licorice-like) fragrance and flavor. The fennel bulb is eaten as a vegetable in some parts of the Mediterranean region, and the seed is used as a spice. Fennel seeds contain numerous flavonoid antioxidants like kaempferol and quercetin. These compounds function as powerful antioxidants. Fennel seeds have been used for centuries as a folk medicine in European and North America to help relax the intestines, relieve gas and alleviate general discomfort in the digestive tract. It has also been used traditionally as a mild laxative. These benefits make it an excellent choice for fussy, colicky, and gassy babies and why it is used to make gripe water.