Often placed near the exit of an Indian restaurant is
a tray of small colored candy. These are coated fennel seeds. They have a
sweet, almost licorice like taste.
Chewing fennel seeds after a meal is a common practice in India. They aid
in digestion and also freshen the breath. Known in Hindi as saunf, fennel is
often used in Indian recipes. Fennel is a member of the parsley family and its
scientific name is Foeniculum vulgare.
Historically, fennel has been utilized for treating
indigestion, constipation, respiratory issues, eye problems, colic, menstrual
disorders, anemia, diarrhea and flatulence.
Fennel contains a variety of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary
fiber. Fennel seeds are a good source of vitamins B-3 & C, potassium,
magnesium, manganese, and iron.
to its popular use as a breath freshener, it helps relieve a number of ailments
and facilitates better health due to its stomachic, carminative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, expectorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, depurative, anticarcinogenic and antioxidant properties.
vitamin C, potassium, manganese, iron, folate, and fiber. It is also rich in
phytonutrients and has a high concentration of volatile oils.
can enjoy the health benefits of this licorice-tasting herb by sprinkling it on
breads or cakes before baking, adding it in fruit salads, adding fresh fennel
roots in sautéed vegetables, or simply chewing fennel seeds after meals.
1. Beats Bad Breath
2. Aids Digestion
3. Relieves Water Retention
4. Reduces Obesity
5. Protects Against Cancers
6. Relieves Menstrual
7. Treats Respiratory
8. Prevents Cardiac
9. Promotes Eye Health
10. Improves Memory and
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.