Fennel (Fenniculum Vulgare, मधुरिका in Sanskrit, सौंफ in Hindi) (V- P+ K-): It is Sweet, Bitter & Pungent. It is Light, dry and Penetrating. ‘Virya’ is Warm. ‘Vipaka’ is Pungent.
Bio-Chemically, Fennel Seeds – सौंफ has many essential nutrients, Bio-Chemicals, Dietary Fibres (and hence, very good for reducing Blood Cholesterol, LDL, VLDL…), Minerals (Copper, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese, Selenium, Zinc, and Magnesium), and Vitamins (A, C, B-Complex, E). It also consists of many body essential Volatile Oils.
Medicinally, it is Carminative, Anti-Flatulent, Digestive Stimulant, Anti-Colic, Galactagogue (Produces Milk in Breasts), Emmenagogue, and Diuretic. Also, it is helpful in Conditions of Nausea, Diarrhoea, Gastritis, Anorexia and Bad Breath. Improves Vision and Cleanses Reproductive System.
It is high time, we start consuming Fennel in its original form, after our food, and do not take the one coated with white powdered sugar (What a waste of otherwise such beautiful properties!).
Fennel Seeds – सौंफ may be used as:
- Adding Fennel Seeds – सौंफ Powder to Meal Preparations,
- Fennel Seeds – सौंफ Tea,
- Grounded Fennel Seeds – सौंफ Leaves may be applied on swelling, or
- Boil Fennel Seeds – सौंफ Powder-Leaves in Black Sesame Oil and Apply on Inflamed Areas.
Unless one is suffering from Vitiated Pitta Conditions, one may safely have ½ a teaspoon 2-3 times a day. On hot days, avoid between 1100-1500 and after 2100 hours! (The Pitta Prominent Timings for The day)