Saunf is known as Fennel in English. Saunf is a yellowish-green, a herb commonly cultivated throughout India. It has also been used for flavouring from times immemorial. All parts of the plants are aromatic.
Saunf is similar in appearance and flavour to Dill, although Saunf has a more distinct, almost aniseed flavour. The two spices are also similar in that, both were noted as medicines in the records. Saunf is often mistaken for aniseed flavour as the flavour of the leaves and fruit resemble that of aniseed. However, Saunf seeds are also not as strongly aromatic as aniseed and are larger and pale-lime green in colour.
Origin And Distribution
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Saunf is also a native of the Mediterranean region, where it has been cultivated since ancient times. It has also become naturalized in many countries and can be grown in the tropics. It is also now widely cultivated in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Germany, Egypt, India, and China.
6 Super Health Benefits Of Saunf(Fennel)
The leaves of Saunf are also digestive, appetizing and stimulant. They increase the secretion and discharge of urine. The seeds are also sweet, laxative, and aphrodisiac. They arrest secretion or bleeding, relieve flatulence, and promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes. It is also used in various carminative preparations.
1. Digestive Disorders
The use of Saunf has also been found beneficial in the treatment of digestive disorders. It is a valuable food for relieving gas and expelling wind from the stomach.
An infusion is prepared by boiling a tablespoon of Saunf seeds in 100ml of water for half an hour. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, and flatulence. Chewing seeds every day after meals prevents foul breath, indigestion, constipation, and vomiting.
Seeds given in small quantities can help young children to digest carbohydrates. A weak solution of fennel tea may be given to an uncomfortable bay, with or without milk, to help bring upwind and to soothe the baby.
Colic is severe pain in the abdomen caused by wind or obstruction in the intestines and suffered especially by babies. Saunf seeds are an effective remedy for colic. Their use can help the babies in the release of gas from the stomach. For better results, they can be used in combination with other herbs like peppermint and crushed Ajwain( caraway seeds). A teaspoon of the Saunf seeds is boiled in a cup of water for about 20 minutes. This is strained and allowed to cool. This tea, given to the baby in his feed helps cure colic. Not more than a teaspoon or two should be given at a time.
3. Respiratory Disorders
The leaves and seeds of Saunf possess mucus clearing properties. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes. They are thus beneficial in the treatment of respiratory disorders like asthma and bronchitis. The juice of the leaves may be given for treating these diseases. Eating Saunf seeds with figs is also good medicine for cough, bronchitis, and lung problems.
4. Menstrual Disorders
Saunf seeds also promote menstruation and regulate monthly periods. An infusion of the seeds can also be given in painful menstruation and other menstrual irregularities. A teaspoon of Saunf after having dinner helps in a stress-free sleep, which is the main problem during the menstrual cycle.
5. Eye Disorders
It is also believed that Saunf seeds benefit the eyes. Herbalists today recommend bathing the weakened, sore or inflamed eye with Saunf tea. Regular application of the leaf-juice, boiled with honey, is said to cure conjunctivitis and weakness of the eye.
Taking half spoon-full of Saunf seeds twice a day (morning and evening) with warm milk will strengthen your eyesight.
6. A beauty Aid
Saunf seeds can also be used beneficially as a beauty aid. A strong, short brew of Saunf seeds may be prepared, cooled and then mixed with a teacup and a little honey. It also helps in removing all the impurities from the body, helps in removing the tanning from your body. It also helps in making your hair strong.
Uses Of Saunf (Fennel)
The leaves are eaten raw in salads. Swollen stem bases are either used in salads or as a cooked vegetable. The fruits are also used as a flavouring in soups and sauces. They are official in pharmacopoeias of many countries, because of the presence of volatile oil. The oil is used in perfumes, soups and medicines.
In ancient times, Saunf juice was used as an effective cure in eye disorders like defective vision, night-blindness and cataract. It was also an old custom to wash the eyes of a newborn baby with Saunf water. Saunf has also been used as an effective in the pharma industry as well as in cosmetic industry. It also helps in relieving gas and even helps in stomach problems.
Saunf should be eaten after having your meals, so it can help in maintaining the proper pH of your body which helps in making you feel fresh and active.
As we have discussed the main health benefits of Saunf (Fennel). Nowadays it is been used in every household and is one of the important spices in the kitchen. But as we know Excess of everything is bad, so we also need to keep the check on the ratio we are having it in a day. Best is just to have it have your meals and that to a teaspoon.