or Fennel seeds are dried seeds that comes from the fennel herb. They are roughly 4-8 mm in length and look like a
grooved or ridged grain of rice. They look like cumin seeds, only
greener, and have an aniseed flavour and a warm, sweet aroma. Also referred as Saunf in Indian terms, it comes in colours ranging
from bright green to pale green and tan tasting - sweeter and slightly less
pungent and intense than licorice.It is native to the Mediterranean, But
now available throughout the world. India ranks #1 in fennel production. Fennel, bearing the scientific name Foeniculum
Vulgare Miller, or its essence, is widely used around the world in mouth
fresheners, toothpastes, desserts, antacids and in culinary. Fennels have been favoured for it taste and aroma in all spicy Indian foods and also in Chinese foods.
Being rich in phytoestrogens, it hints various
potential health benefits from children to elders.
Anaemia: Iron, and
Histidine, an amino acid found in fennel, are helpful in treatment of anemia stimulating
production of haemoglobin and also helps forming other components of blood.
useful addition to
any of the Breast Enlargement herbs
is an effective
treatment for respiratory congestion and is a common ingredient in cough
remedies. . It is gargled for hoarseness and sore throats.
For Women: used for the Breast Enlargement, for
increasing the flow of breast milk, promoting menstruation, easing
the birthing process, and increasing sex drive.
Fennel seed powder in tea is believed
to be good for snake bites, insect bites or food poisoning.
is used to improve the function of kidneys,
spleen, liver and increases the flow of urine.
Colic: A research from NYU Langone Medical centre says
that a trial enrolled 125 infants withcolic, who received either placebo or fennel seed oil at a
dose of 12 mg daily per kg of body weight.3The results were promising. About 40% of the infants
receiving fennel showed relief of colic symptoms, as compared to only 14% in
the placebo group, a significant difference. Another way to view at the results
involves looking at hours of inconsolable crying. In the treated group, infants
cried about 9 hours per week, compared to 12 hours in the placebo group. While
these are promising results, confirmation by an independent research group is
necessary before the treatment can be accepted as effective.Fennel is also a common ingredient in “gripe
water,” a traditional (and highly alcoholic) preparation used for treatinginfant colic.
However despite its health benefits, it
is so intense that it interacts with some functions of medicines taken like:
(Cipro) is an antibiotic. Fennel might decrease how much ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
the body absorbs. Taking fennel along with ciprofloxacin (Cipro) might decrease
the effectiveness of ciprofloxacin (Cipro). For this reason, it may be advisable to avoid taking
fennel during therapy with ciprofloxacin or other antibiotics in this family.
Fennels also interact with estrogens
and birth control pills
A typical dose of
fennel is 1–1 1/2 teaspoons of seeds per day
Fennel are enemies to fly. Their aroma is disliked by flies. Sprinkling some fennel powder in an area of flies cloud will be
of great help to get rid of them.
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