Fennel seeds (sauf) is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses.
Many cultures in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East use fennel seed in their cookery. It is an essential ingredient of the Assamese/Bengali/Oriya spice mixture panch phoron and in Chinese five-spice powders. It is known as saunf or mauti saunf in Hindi and Urdu , sompu in Telugu, badesoppu in Kannada, mouri in Bengali, shombu or peruncheeragam in Tamil and Malayalam language, variyali in Gujarati, badeeshop or badeeshep in Marathi and barishap in the Malay language, Razianeh or in Persian Jintan Manis in Malay.
Fennel is widely used as an herbal remedy for different ailments. Below here is a comprehensive list of many ailments and their cure through fennel seeds.
Mucous dysentery(amatisar)– Take equal quantities of fennel seeds and dry ginger(saut) .Now take a pan add 1 tbsp. of ghee in it and both the ingredients and sautÃ© it for few minutes. Powder the both ingredients and store it in air tight container. Take 5gms of powder in morning and evening every day. This will improve your digestion and will help in Mucous dysentery.
Bad breath-SautÃ© fennel seeds in ghee and add rock salt(saindha namak) and lemon juice in it. Mix all ingredients well and store it in a bottle. Take this powder at least after two meals. This will improve digestion and bad breath problem will also be solved.
Constipation-Take a glass of Luke warm water and drink it with a teaspoon of fennel seeds every night.
Gale mein khraash-Chew fennel seeds every day in the morning.
Fair skin baby-It is believed that if a woman eats fennel seeds during her pregnancy after every meal than she will have a fair skin baby.
Stomach ache-Saut fennel seeds in ghee and chew it. You will get relief from pain immediately.
Fennel seeds help in purifying blood and help in getting rid of all skin related disease. If you chew fennel seeds every day without sugar then your blood will get purified within few days and complexion of skin will also be enhanced.
Puffy eye, sore eyes or bloodshot eyes-Soak fennel seeds in 1 cup of water and filter it with a sieve. Wash your eyes with this water.
Menstrual problem-Infusion of fennel seeds helps in curing problems like pain, clotting or cramping.
There are historical anecdotes that fennel is a galactogogue improving the milk supply breastfeeding mother. This use, although not supported by direct evidence, is sometimes justified by the fact that fennel is a source of phytoestrogens, which promote the growth of breast tissue. However, normal lactation does not involve the growth of breast tissue. There is a single case report of fennel tea ingested by a breastfeeding mother resulting in neurotoxicity for the newborn child.