What is fennel seed ?
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant species in the carrot family. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean, and is cultivated throughout Europe, Asia, India, Australia, and North America.
Fennel is a herb with a history of medicinal, magical and culinary uses. It is one of the most effective digestive aids, having carminative, smooth muscle antispasmodic, and stomachic properties. It is highly beneficial to reduce digestive cramping, gas, bloating, food poisoning, anti-nauseant properties and stomach flu.They are also used to treat headache, madness, flu, eye problems, weakness of eyesight, as a brain tonic, and in deafness.
Fennel seeds were utilised as medicine for conditions of the lungs, kidneys, digestion, liver, spleen, and gallbladder. It has mild diuretic properties that reduce edema. This is likely one of the reasons it is included in weight loss formulas, though it was also used historically as an appetite suppressant. It was used as a powder poultice for slowly healing snakebites.
Fennel leaf and bulb contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and protein. It contains Aromatic, carminative, stomachic, antispasmodic, antitussive, expectorant, diuretic, galactagogue, and harmoniser.
In Europe, fennel water, also known as la gripe water, was a household remedy for infant colic. Fennel leaves or seeds were boiled in barley water and consumed by nursing mothers to increase the flow of breast milk and impart strength to the infant. Fennel seeds were added to purgatives to prevent griping pain.
The aroma of fennel seed essential oil is revitalising, energising, and helps to increase self motivation. It’s useful to reduce sluggishness and lethargy, and to improve energy levels, Incorporated into facial creams for mature skin, it refines the complexion.
The fennel seeds are added to perfumes, soaps, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Fennel oil, seeds or extracts are also used to flavor prepared foods including meats, ice cream, candy, baked goods and condiments as well as liqueurs like sambuca, non-alcoholic beverages and toothpaste.
The finely chopped fresh leaves are a lovely addition to salads, root vegetable dishes, vinaigrettes, marinades, soups, herbal butters, cream sauce, fish or chicken dishes.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF FENNEL SEED
- Prevents anemia
- Induces Menstruation
- Good for digestion
- Stimulates milk secretion
- Helps regulate blood pressure
- Good source of potassium
- Controls cholesterol levels
- Helps improve eyesight
- Flight cancer
- Improves sex drive
- High in antioxidants
- High in iron
- Prevents diarrhoea
- Useful in constipation
- Eliminate bad breath
Home remedy of fennel seed
Homemade fennel seed powder
1/4 cup of fennel seed
Fennel seed are lightly dry roasted, cooled and ground to a fine powder.
Store in an air tight container.
Home made fennel tea for relieve gas
1/2 teaspoon of fennel powder
400 ml of warm water
Mix half teaspoon of fennel powder with 400-500 ml of warm water.
Drinks it twice a day.
You might better relieves from gas.
Home made fennel water for sore throat and cough
1/2 litres of water
2 teaspoons of fennel seeds
1 teaspoon of honey
Boil half a litres of water, add two teaspoons of fennel seeds half inch of grated ginger for 10 minutes.
Cover and keep aside.
When cool and strain the water, add honey.
Enjoy your drinks,
You can try this fennel water for twice a day.
Home made fennel water for lacation tonic
Half litres water
2 teaspoons of fennel seed
1 teaspoon of honey
Boil half a litres of water.
Add two teaspoons of fennel seeds for 10 minutes.
Cover it and keep aside.
When cool and strain the water.
Add honey to taste.
You can try this water for twice a day.