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Alternate Names: Anethum Foeniculum, Anethum piperitum, Bari-Sanuf.
Part used:
Seeds, leaves, roots,oil,whole plant.

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Fennel is an aromatic plant which has been used for several years as a flavouring herb. It is commonly known as fennel. In Hindi it is called saunf. This plant is cultivated throughout India.

Fennel is a perennial tall plant which has deep roots. The stems are hollow and glossy. Feathery leaves look like threads. Dull, small yellow flowers appear in clusters during summer and oval brown seeds are seen in the later stages.


  • Fennel is used as a diuretic, antispasmodic, pain and fever reducer and also has antimicrobial properties.
  • It soothes the bronchial tubes and has a mild estrogenic effect.
  • Fennel relaxes the muscle lining in the digestive track and helps to tackle problems like gas, indigestion, colic, dyspepsia and reduces intestinal spasms.
  • It increases lactation in nursing mothers.
  • Fennel is also useful in relieving menstrual problems and provides relief from the griping effects of laxatives.
  • The juice which is extracted from the fruit or herb is useful in relieving catarrah and coughs of the respiratory tract in adults and children.
  • The root of the plant is useful in relieving urinary disorders.
  • Fennel leaves are used as a herb in salads and also snails and fish.
  • The seeds of the plant are used in flavouring biscuits, breads, stuffing and sausages.


  • Fennel can be used as a mouth wash for relieving sore throat and gum disease. The essential oil can be used as a liniment to apply on the chest for relief from bronchial congestion.
  • The essential oil can be used to relieve conjunctivitis, skin ailments and blepharitis of the eye. 
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