If you are suffering from constipation, gas, bloating, flatulence, acid reflux or abdominal pains, this ancient herb may be what your body needs. Fennel seeds play an important role in Ayurvedic medicine with various health benefits. According to Ayurveda, our body consists of three doshas,Vatta (composed of space and air), Pitta (composed of fire and water) and Kapha (composed of water and earth) in varying degrees.The one that dominates your body is your dosha. Consuming fennel seeds in various ways alleviates these three doshas.
Commonly used in Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Arabic and Middle Eastern cuisines, this herb enhances the flavours of a dish by adding a sweet aromatic and nutty flavour to it. Having a close resemblance to licorice in taste, fennel seeds not only helps with stomach issues but are also a cure for bad breath. In India or Indian restaurants it is a common practise to chew on fennel seeds after a meal as a mouth freshener and to aid in digestion of food. Even lactating mothers chew on snacks made out of dried fennel seeds to increase milk production after delivery in India. Considered a cooling spice, fennel tea can be consumed in hot weather to cool down the body.
How to make fennel tea:
¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
Sweetener like jaggery or raw sugar is optional.
Boil 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water.
Crush the spices slightly to release the oils.
Add them to the hot water and let it steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
Drink it warm or cold.
How to make a mouth freshener:
Take 2 cups dry fennel seeds and roast them on low heat in an oven or a non-stick pan.This will take about 10-15 minutes on very low heat till crispy. Once crispy rub between palms to remove sticks while it is still warm.Cool and place in an air tight container. Consume after meals for oral hygiene.