Home Remedies with Fennel Seeds or Saunf

Fennel seeds also known as Foeniculum vulgare belong to carrot family. This plant usually grows in dry lands near sea coast. These seeds have a strong flavour and have found their way into kitchen. Fennel seeds are known as “Saunf” in India. Usually they are chewed after a heavy meal. Saunf seeds have immense medicinal properties and are effective when used in home remedies.

Based on principles of Ayurveda these seeds are sweet and spicy to taste. The end taste is little bitter. They normalise Vata and Pitta.

Here are 8 home remedies with fennel seeds

  1. Weight Loss: Fennel seeds are powerful fat burners. Take equal quantities of fennel seed powder, dry ginger powder and cumin seed (jeera) powder. Mix them well and store it in an airtight container. Take two tea spoons of this mix and boil in a glass of water. Allow this to warm down. Add a tea spoon of honey and 1/2 tea spoon of lemon juice to this and drink two times daily in empty stomach. This aids in weight loss. Fennel seed or saunf is added as an ingredient in NILOBESE Ayurvedic Weight Loss Tea.
  2. Indigestion: It is customary in India to place a bowl of fennel seeds in front of guests after a heavy meal. When you slowly chew 1 tea spoon of these seeds, after a heavy meal, the stomach feels lighter. This is because saunf normalises excess pitta and relieves heaviness of stomach, indigestion and bloating. Fennel seeds are roasted or coated with sugar to enhance taste and flavour.
  3. Foul Breath:  Fennel seeds can be used as mouth freshener. These can be chewed to prevent foul breath. You can also use tea prepared from these seeds to gargle. This process not only prevents the foul breath but also clears the throat. Boil 2 tea spoons of fennel seeds in a glass of water for 2 minutes. Filter the decoction to remove seeds. Allow the decoction to warm down. Use this for gargling.
  4. Constipation: Based on principles of Ayurveda vitiated vata causes constipation. (Constipation can also cause erectile dysfunction in men). Chew 2 tea spoons of fennel seeds in empty stomach and drink a glass of warm water. Repeat this thrice daily. This helps in easy evacuation of bowel. Prepare tea from these seeds as mentioned above and consume the warm tea three times daily to get rid of constipation.
  5. Piles or Haemorrhoids: Mix equal quantity of fennel seeds and cumin seeds (jeera). Chew a tea spoon of this mixture three times daily followed by a glass of warm water. This remedy helps to reduce painful piles and ease the evacuation of bowel.
  6. Acute Diarrhoea: Take equal quantities of ginger powder and fennel seeds powder. Mix them well. Consume a tea spoon of this mixed powder with a spoon of honey thrice daily when you have diarrhoea.
  7. Menstrual Cramp: Chew a tea spoon of these seeds and drink a glass of warm water. Repeat this for three times in a day. This remedy helps to relieve menstrual cramps.
  8. Cystitis: If you have burning urination, drink a glass of fennel tea three times daily. Add a tea spoon of honey to it. This remedy helps to relieve burning urination. (You can also use URIKOOL ayurvedic Capsules for cystitis to get rid of burning urination.)

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