This is an East Indian spice that we drink in our tea concoction once a day for maintaining good digestion. Also helps with bad breath and a few other ailments.
My Mother in law has a book about herbs -- growing them and the different things that they do.
The book is called "The book of herbs" and is by Dorothy Hall. This book was published in the 1970s, so if you are seeking it you may only find it used.
In this book, the author suggests that you can improve your eye sight by "boiling fennel leaves in water until the water is reduced by half" and applying this to the eyes every day when it's cool. She lists no exact qualities because she says these aren't necessary. The body will use what it needs and discard the rest.
She also suggests drinking fennel tea to keep slim. Maybe people are confusing fennel with fenugreek which would explain several recent comments about people gaining weight while taking fenugreek.
My question is, has anyone tried these remedies? I know that fennel is good for digestion, but for weight loss and eye sight too?