Fennel Seed Health Benefits, Dose, How To Use

Fennel Seed is an ancient Indian spice. Usually spices are hot in nature and are not soothing to stomach. But fennel seed is an exception to this rule. It is sweet and slightly bitter in nature. It is the spice of choice to chew after food. Usually given at the end of dinner in every Indian hotel.

Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare
Family: Umbelliferae

Classical categorization

Charaka – Madhuraskandha – Sweet tasting group of herbs

Medicinal qualities

Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Rooksha (dry)
Rasa (taste) – Madhura (sweet), Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Madhura (sweet)
Veerya (potency) – Ushna – hot in potency.
Effect on Tridosha: Balances Vata and Kapha.

Fennel seed benefits

Fennel seed benefits - Ayurveda

Durnama Kshayajit – useful in chronic respiratory conditions leading to emaciation. (as in tuberculosis).
Kshataksheenahita – useful in people with injuries
Balya – improves strength and immunity
Pittasradoshajit – useful in bleeding disorders of Pitta origin
Agnikrut – improves digestion strength
Hrudya – good for heart, cardiac tonic
Shukrapaha, Avrushya – It is not an aphrodisiac
Yonishoolanut – useful in relieving pain arising from female reproductive system
Useful in
Krumi – worm infestation
Baddhavit – constipation
Anila – Vata disorders
Daha – burning sensation
Aruchi – Anorexia, lack of interest in food
Chardi – vomiting
Kasa – cough, cold

Part used

Fruits, fruit oil and root

Ayurvedic medicines

Abhayarishta – used to relieve constipation and piles
Brahmi Vati – used to improve intelligence and memory
Panchatikta Guggulu ghrita – used in abscess, sinuses etc.

Fennel side effects

Two of the Ayurvedic text books mention it as Avrushya – hence it is not ideal for people undergoing aphrodisiac therapy. It may decrease sexual interest or performance.
It is safe to use in children, pregnant and lactating mothers.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Fennel seeds for dry mouth and excess thirst

Fennel seeds consist of flavonoids. These will stimulate the flow of saliva and hence get rid of dry mouth.
Fennel seeds have aromatic flavour. This helps combating the bad breath which often accompanies dry mouth.
You can munch these seeds many times in a day.
You can also mix equal amount of fenugreek seeds with it and dry roast them in a pan. Grind them and add a little salt. Eat ¼ – ½ teaspoon of this mixture after each meal.

Vernacular names, Sanskrit synonyms

Punjabi, Hindi name: Sounf
Tamil name: Soumbu
Bengali name: Mauri
Marathi name: Badi Shep
Gujarati name: Variyali
Telugu name: Sopu
Kannada name – Badisopu
Malayalam Name:  Perum jeerakam
Arabian name: Rajiyanaj
Farsi name: Rajiyan

Sanskrit synonyms: Mishi, Madhurika, Madhura

18 thoughts on “Fennel Seed Health Benefits, Dose, How To Use”

  1. I take saunf after every meal & it has helped a lot in digestion issues. Didn’t knew this much information about this.

    Sir, would like to know more about various herbs(herbs used in the daily chores) but can you index them with the link as we have to find everything by searching.

    • Why do you not give the Keralyan/Malayalam name of the herbs Doctor. Afterall, Kerala has the most authentic practice of Ayurveda and should be included. !
      Emmett Walsh
      Medical Herbalist/ Physician

      • Hi, thanks for the suggestion. I have just included it in the article.
        I try my best to include as many vernacular names as possible.
        Authentic practice of Ayurveda is not just limited to Kerala.

  2. Bt as per my knowledge.the too much intake is not good for girls health nd the potency us cold..as per article…is dat really true abt ghe effectiveness of d fennel

    • Thanks for pointing out. Corrected.
      It is hot in potency, but not as hot as other spices to cause stomach irritation.

  3. It is not a strong purgative to make the poop semisolid but it will definitely help in constipation.

  4. Hello sir!
    I have much pitta and my feces “burns” while passing them and are also thick and brown/red. I guess that my high pitta is drying up everything. I am also thirsty all time. Is fennel seeds good for this kind of problems? Can you recommend other herbs?

  5. Yes it is true that fennel seeds can (will) be hot pungent and cold in it’s nature to begin with so it is true that mighty seed is all in one


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