Your Guide to Fennel Seeds

What else can these seeds do?

If you’ve just started cooking, fennel seeds can be a pain in the neck right? We’re guessing it’s because of its confusing name. In Malaysia, the similar Malay names of fennel seeds (jintan manis) and cumin (jintan putih) can cause a conundrum of flavours. Read on as we dig deep into the liquorice-like flavoured seeds and their sweet perks!


Fennel seeds are packed with fibre, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. These nutrients are great at reducing the risk factors of heart disease like high cholesterol and high blood pressure.


Fennel seeds have shown extraordinary galactogenic properties. This basically refers to the ability of fennel seeds to increase milk secretion and blood levels of the prolactin hormone. This hormone signals mothers’ bodies to produce more breast milk when needed. However, side effects like difficulty in feeding have been reported. Thus, it’s important to consult your doctor before trying this out.


A reliever of menopausal symptoms. Studies have noted that fennel seeds can improve sexual function and satisfaction in menopausal women. It may also be able to reduce hot flushes, vaginal itching, dryness, and sleep disturbances. You can enjoy the benefits of fennel seeds with a simple cuppa in the morning or evening daily. Here are some simple steps to prepare fennel tea:

  1. Boil some water in a pot and add crushed fennel seeds and ginger.
  2. Strain the tea into a cup, and add a touch of honey and mint leaves.
  3. Mix them well and enjoy your soothing beverage.

Fennel seeds are a great crunchy feed. You can devour them raw and cooked, day or night. Nevertheless, there are some safety concerns that you need to be aware of. Thus, consult your healthcare provider for more insights on how to reap these amazing seeds.