Fennel is commonly known as "Saunf" in Hindi. This mouth freshener and digestive aid is often eaten after the meals in India. Fennel is another essential oil from the carrot family. It is useful during pregnancy to prevent morning sickness, and is excellent for the traveler, helping to reduce or prevent sea lag.
Origin of Fennel
It is a native of Europe and Asia Minor. It is cultivated extensively in Northern India as a cold weather crop.
Properties of Fennel oil
It has got a sweet, pungent taste with cooling and moisturizing properties. It acts as carminative, diuretic, anti-spasmodic, stimulant and female tonic.
Most common uses
· One of the most important carminative oils, it is useful for upset stomachs, gas, flatulence, indigestion and is traditionally used in Indian restaurants in herb form as an after dinner promoter of digestion.
· It is usually recommended for reducing stomach acidity and prevention of ulcers. Fennel oil contains phyto-estrogens so its useful with PMS and menopause.
· Useful in toning the body because of its diuretic effect; it can be helpful in obesity.
· Often used in breast creams for tightening and enlarging.
Mixes well with: anise, caraway, lavender, chamomiles, angelica, cardamom, Clove, orange and ginger.