Generic information on fennel to combat cough and cold in COVID19 era
Author(s): Suryapal Singh and Harshita Singh
Abstract: Today there are a plenty of reasons why we kind of dread the nip in the air and the most important is COVID19 fear. Virus is playing havoc to the extent that almost all the activities are put to halt. The fear is to this extent that even simple cold and cough threatened us to be victim of COVID19. Symptoms are confusing and needs to be differentiated. In want of knowledge of differential diagnosis accurately pin pointing of disease is difficult without undergoing technology based tests. There are a lot of herbs and spices that you can use to boost your immunities. Fennel is renowned to soothe cold and cough. Fennel seeds, or saunf, are often found in mouth fresheners, beverages like fennel water (an excellent detox beverage), ladoos and even gravies. But the herb and its medicinal properties have been part of Ayurvedic treatment since time immemorial. The aromatic herb is used to soothe digestion, bloating, cramps and flatulence. They are also helpful in maintaining hormonal balance ie interior milieu. Fennel seeds are also packed with a range of anti-inflammatory volatile oils and antioxidants that can help keep risk of cold, cough and flu at bay. According to the book 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing House, syrup made from the juice of fennel seeds are traditionally used to thin mucus. The seeds are also a good source of vitamin C, which fights free radical activity and keep one’s immune system strong against seasonal infections. Fennel seeds and their phytonutrients are also effective in clearing sinus and chest congestion. Here we will discuss this traditional knowledge for the benefit of community.