Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) belongs to carrot family. It is a flowering plant with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It grows on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks. It is a highly aromatic and flavourful herb with culinary and medicinal uses. This plant is grown all over India and the seeds find a special place in Indian kitchen. Fennel seeds are also known as “saunf” in hindi. The fennel plant has various names in Ayurveda. It is called as “mishreya”, “Madhurika and madhura “
The fennel seeds are sweet (madhura rasa) and hot (katu rasa) to taste. It tastes little bitter (tikta) in the end. These seeds are light to digest and increase moistness of tissues. It is cold in potency and retains the sweetness even in the end of digestion.
Action on tridoshas : Fennel seeds mitigate vata and pitta.
Health benefits of Fennel Seeds:
A heavy meal or excess consumption of oily foods makes the digestion sluggish. We feel heaviness and bloating of stomach. Chewing fennel seeds in these conditions gives a very good relief .These seeds improve appetite and set right digestion. They are very useful in flatulence and bloating which occur due to indigestion.
Too much of oily foods, spices and travel may cause nausea and vomiting. When saunf seeds are chewed they help to prevent nausea, vomiting and motion sickness. Hence carry a small bottle of fennel seeds whenever you go out.
During diarrhoea and Dysentery, mishreya kindles appetite and normalises digestion. The fennel seeds reduce stomach colic and pain. Boil 2 tea spoons of these seeds in a glass of water for 3 minutes. Drinking this warm decoction of fennel seeds relieves colic.
These seeds are very useful in treatment of constipation, haemorrhoids or piles. Drinking warm tea prepared from fennel seeds helps in easy evacuation of bowel
Women who suffer from menstrual cramps are also immensely benefited by this herb. Chewing fennel seeds or drinking fennel seeds’ tea help to relieve menstrual cramps.
Since fennel seeds boost metabolism, set right digestion, improve urine output, increase sweating and help to reduce cholesterol, they can be used in weight loss remedies. Hence fennel seeds are used in preparations of Ayurvedic Herbal Weight Loss Teas like NILOBESE TEA. This tea is also included in Weight Reduction Kit.
These seeds improve memory power, soothe cough and very helpful in common cold.
Fennel seeds boost body energy and improve libido. It is considered as Vajikarana Herb (vrishya) and used Vajikarana Preparations that are useful in complete Vajikarana Therapy.