Fennel

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a seasonal herb originating from the southern Mediterranean area. It has a long history of medicinal use due to its antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and antitumor properties. Fennel contains anethole, a substance that presumably acts like a dopamine antagonist competing with dopamine due to its structure similarity. Therefore, fennel is used extensively as a galactogogue in traditional medicine to increase prolactin concentrations and breast milk production (Badgujar et al., 2014).