Fennel seeds are a common sight in the Indian kitchen. Their aroma is breathtaking. Though both aniseed and fennel are called saunf in ‘Hindi’, fennel is somewhat larger than aniseed. Commonly used for seasoning and garnishing in Indian cuisines, this seed has other uses as well.
* Chewing a spoonful of saunf after meals will prevent bad breath, hence very effective as a breath freshener.
* A decoction of fennel and water helps in relieving colic in babies.
* It also aids in regulating menstrual irregularities.
* A tea made with a few fresh sprigs of fennel or a teaspoon of seeds will relieve indigestion; also useful for flatulence and constipation.
* It treats respiratory congestion effectively, hence a common ingredient in cough remedies.
* A tea made from fennel helps to stimulate the flow of breast milk.
* An infusion makes a soothing eyewash.
* The oil from the seeds is also used in perfumery and for scenting soaps.
* Powdered fennel has the effect of driving away fleas from kennels and stables.
* A decoction of the leaves and root is good for serpent bites, and to neutralize vegetable poison, as mushrooms, etc.
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