In my opinion, no Indian meal ends without a few fennel seeds, or ‘saunf’ as we call them. While most of us have it just to freshen our breath, its benefits go way beyond that.
Fennel seeds are loaded with:
They can be really helpful for:
Reducing water retention
Sipping on fennel tea flushes out excess fluids and toxins from the body, which indirectly reduces the risk of urinary tract problems.
Cures bloating, indigestion and constipation
The oil from fennel seeds helps subdue the gastro problems. For people with IBS, this volatile oil can aid digestion by promoting the production of gastric enzymes.
Helps the body cool down
Fennel seeds have a cooling effect on the body and is considered as one the best drinks to have during summers. Fennel seed oil can also be used for body massages, as it calms down the worked up nerves and promotes mental clarity.
Great for cancer patients
Fennel seeds are very potent and have powerful scavenging properties that beat oxidative stress. They shield the body against stomach, breast and skin cancers. They have powerful chemo modulatory effects too.
Soothes asthma symptoms
The minerals found in fennel seeds help clear sinuses. They also aid with bronchitis, congestion, and cough. If taken regularly, fennel seeds can help curb asthma symptoms to a great extent.
How can you make sure you reap all these benefits from fennel seeds?
Make fennel tea: Add a teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of hot water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Stir and consume warm. You can also add some mint leaves or honey to it.
Have fennel water: Soak a teaspoon of fennel seeds overnight and consume it first thing in the morning.
Along with all of this, just chewing fennel seeds daily also boosts the overall health of your body. Have them daily and you’ll see the difference for yourself.
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