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    Common Name: Fennel Seeds

    Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgare

    Plant Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

    Parts Used: Seeds, leaves, and bulbs

    Native Region: Mediterranean region

    Taste (Rasa): Sweet (Madhura), bitter (Tikta)

    Energy (Veerya): Cooling (Sheet)

    Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka): Sweet (Madhura)

    Doshas: Balances Pitta and Kapha doshas

    Chemical Composition: Fennel seeds contain essential oils, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, and fatty acids.

    Traditional Uses:

    • Digestive Health: Fennel seeds are commonly used to promote digestion and alleviate digestive issues like bloating, gas, and indigestion.
    • Respiratory Health: Fennel seeds are believed to help alleviate respiratory issues like coughs, bronchitis, and asthma.
    • Women’s Health: Fennel seeds are commonly used to alleviate menstrual cramps and other symptoms of menstrual disorders. They are also believed to help increase breast milk production in lactating mothers.
    • Eye Health: Fennel seeds are thought to help improve eye health and alleviate eye disorders like conjunctivitis.

    Modern Uses:

    • Fennel seeds are used in the food and beverage industry as a flavoring agent in various dishes and beverages, including teas, liquors, and baked goods.
    • Fennel seeds are used in some natural and traditional medicine systems for various health benefits.
    • Fennel essential oil is used in aromatherapy for its calming and soothing effects.

    Precautions/ Side Effects:

    • Fennel seeds may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
    • High doses of fennel seeds may have toxic effects and can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and seizures.
    • Pregnant women should avoid consuming large amounts of fennel seeds as it may stimulate uterine contractions.
    • Fennel seeds may interact with certain medications, so it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before using fennel seeds for medicinal purposes.
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