Fennel, Indian Sweet Fennel
Latin name: Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (Umbellifereae), F.capillaceum Gil., F.officinale All.
Sanskrit/Indian name: Mishreya, Sanuf, Bari-Sanuf
Using fennel in food helps protect the eyes from inflammation, as well as helping to reduce disorders related to premature aging and macular degeneration..
Fennel is useful in respiratory disorders such congestion, bronchitis, and cough due to the presence of Cineole and Anetol which are expectorant in nature, among their many other virtues.
Fennel is diuretic, which means that it increases the amount and frequency of urination, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances from the body and helping in rheumatism and swelling.
Fennel also increases production and secretion of milk in lactating mothers and since this milk contains some properties of fennel, it is an anti-flatulent for the baby as well.