By Syed Akbar
Fennel seeds (saunf) are essential ingredient in gripe water fed to babies, suffering from indigestion and other gastric troubles. In adults too fennel seeds work wonders - fight flatulence, help in digestion, improve blood circulation, and increase milk production in lactating mothers.
While fennel seeds are good for health, fat obtained from them has been found to be harmful. Those with sensitive skin should better avoid fennel seed oil, though it has wide applications including treating insect
and even snake bites. In women it stimulates menstruation.
A small dose of gripe water prepared by fennel seeds is good for babies with gastric troubles. For adults,fennel tea relaxes intestines and gives relief from constipation and bloating. Pregnant women should better
avoid fennel seeds, their extracts or preparations. Saunf may act on the uterus and may cause complications related to pregnancy.
Fennel contains carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and manganese.
Fennel tea can be prepared by boiling a glass of water and adding a teaspoon of fennel seeds to it. The decoction should cooled and filtered before consuming. You may add honey to it. This is good for people
suffering from digestive disorders.
A teaspoon of fennel seeds, if consumed raw, improve vision, fight hypertension (high blood pressure) and increase lactation.
A teaspoon of fennel seeds give relief from stomach ache as they have antispasmodic effect.
Fennel seeds also help in losing weight and strengthening the muscles.