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5271Re: [pfaf] fennel seeds and estragole

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  • Bekki Shining Bearheart LMT
    Mar 4, 2011
      I think the powers that be wish to frighten us regarding the safety of
      herbs-- at the same time they promote many drugs that do far more harm.

      Matthew Sleigh wrote:
      > Estragole is a lager component of tarragon (especially) and basil
      > essential oils than it is of fennel. The carcinogenic risks from
      > Estragole in fennel are probably close to those from orange juice and
      > tomatoes.
      > Fennel should not be used excessively, especially by breastfeeding
      > mothers and small children, but the risks are said to diminish
      > exponentially with the dose.
      > Even at the doses at which fennel is used medicinally, Estragole
      > levels are, at most, 100th of those at which there might be a
      > significant cancer risk.
      > As with all medicines, do not use unnecessarily, or over-dose.
      > All the best,
      > Matthew
      > On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 11:53 PM, Annalisa Balestrino
      > <giulisann@... <mailto:giulisann%40gmail.com>> wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Dear All,
      > > I was advised not to use fennel seed tea for my daughter who is 2
      > years old.
      > > I pass this piece of info to you, especially to breastfeeding
      > mothers and mothers of children less than 4 years old in case they are
      > not aware of the negative effects of fennel,
      > > the information is published in Italian on the Italian website:
      > http://www.inran.it/ Inran stands for Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca
      > per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione, National Research Institute for food
      > and nutrition, it is a public research body under the surveillance of
      > the Ministry for agriculture, food and forest policies:
      > >
      > > fennel seeds contain a substance called estragole which is
      > carcinogenic, it should not be given to children under 4 years old.
      > Here in Italy the fennel seed tea has been used for AGES to calm
      > stomach gases in infants and newborns.
      > >
      > > Annalisa
      > >
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