Fennel Herb - Benefits And Healing Power
Botanical Name: Fenniculum vulgare
Indian Name: Saunf
Description and Composition
Fennel is a yellowish green, biennial or perennial herb commonly cultivated throughout India. It has been used for flavoring from ancient times. The whole plant is aromatic. An analysis of fennel shows it to consist of moisture 6.3 per cent, protein 9.5 per cent, fat 10 per cent, minerals 13.4 per cent, fibre 18.5 per cent and carbohydrates 42.3 per cent. Its mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. Its calorific value is 370.
The composition of the oil varies widely according to the variety and origin. Indian fennel oil contains substantial amount of anethole and fenchone. It possesses a sweet taste. The fatty acids of the oil are palmitic acid and petroselinic acid.
Benefits and Healing Power of Euphorbia Herb
The leaves of fennel are digestive, appetizing and stimulating. They increase the secretion and discharge of urine. The seeds are sweet, laxative, aphrodisiac and arrest bleeding. They also relieve flatulence and promote the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes. Oil of fennel, distilled from the dry seeds is aromatic, carminative and antispasmodic. It is used in various carminative preparations.
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