Fennel seeds are herbs with pleasant and sweet aroma and known for its various medicinal values due to health benefiting nutrient contents and antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used in traditional medicine for treating stomach ailments and increasing stamina in men.
Dried fennel seeds are used as herb spices in various Indian dishes and teas. They are often used in cooking and baking many different kinds of foods. Fennel seeds are called as “Saunf” in hindi. Here are top 10 health benefits or remedies of fennel seeds.
1. Treats breastfeeding problems
Having problem of milk supply during breastfeeding? Fennel seeds have been used in traditional medicine to increase the production of milk in women. Fennel seeds have an estrogen like component that is responsible for increasing milk production. Try fennel seeds tea.
2. Cures Menopausal Symptoms
Fennels seeds are considered as “wonder plant” for women. They help in treating menopausal symptoms (like include night sweats, hot flushes, depression, high BP, bloating, vaginal dryness, palpitations etc) as well as other female reproductive issues like dysmenorrhea, ovarian problems.
The component, antehole in fennel seeds acts like phytoestrogen and helps in relieving signs of menopause. Boil fennel seeds in a cup of water, add milk or sugar if desired.
3. Cures various eye problems
Fennel seeds are used in fixing many eye problems, like conjunctivitis, dry and itchy eyes, bacterial eye infection etc. Take 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds and 1 cup of clean water. Boil the water and then pour it over the seeds and leave it for 15 minutes and drain. Use this mixture by soaking clean cloth on the mixture and use it as an eye patch. Make sure you clean the base of eyelashes and the surrounding area of the eyes.
4. Natural de-worming remedy
Fennel tea is one of the best natural herbal remedy to get rid of intestinal worms. Due to its mild laxative property, fennel seeds help in promoting intestinal motility and help flush out the worms. Drinking fennel seeds tea can be highly beneficial to your health.
5. Treats Diarrhea
Diarrhea can result in dehydration as well as physical exhaustion. Fennel seeds are a natural remedy for diarrhea. It aids in proper digestion of foods and fats and also relives stomach pain caused by diarrhea due to its anti-spasmodic properties. Remember diarrhea along with fever, vomiting, cramps, needs doctors advice.
6. Treats Nausea
Fennel seeds are effective in treating nausea. They contain anethole, a chemical which treats intestinal spasms, indigestion, diarrhea and constipation as well. If you are feeling nauseated, try chewing on few fennel seeds to stop the sickness. Fennel seeds are not to be taking during pregnancy.
7. Fennel seeds as mouth freshener
Are you suffering from bad breath issue? Try chewing on fennel seeds after meals. Its aromatic fragrance and its anti-bacterial properties, negate the effect of bad breath.
8. Treats inflammation problems
Do you have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or suffering from any kind of intestinal inflammation or inflammation in respiratory system, then try fennel seeds as a remedy. Fennel seeds due to their muscle relaxant quality and anti-inflammatory properties are highly effective and are actually safe.
9. Helps in treating Indigestion
Other stomach ailments like flatulence and indigestion can also be treated with fennel seeds. To prevent excess flatulence, try chewing on fennel seeds twice a day after meals. Fennel seeds components promote proper digestion and absorb gas in your stomach and reduce belching.
10. Treats excess phlegm
Due to its expectorant properties, fennel seeds are effective against excess phlegm formation. It forces phlegm to be coughed up and out of your body.