Fennel (Foeniculum vulgaris) essential oils benefits
Fennel seeds were used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Roman to give strength; however, Fennel’s popularity is linked to the fact that it was used to suppress appetite when trying to lose weight. Modern science has actually confirmed that Fennel seeds oil supports healthy circulation, limits fluid retention, and therefore is very effective in controlling early stage cellulite. It is a truly powerful detox oil that needs to be used in low doses. Fennel is also very useful for cough and works within minutes in calming the digestive system and fight gassy tummies and indigestion.
Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgaris
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation from the seeds
Origin: Egypt, Australia, Hungary
Aroma: Sweet, peppery, earthy
Blends well with: Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood, Basil, Clary sage, Cypress, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, depurative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactagogue, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge
HOW TO USE
Cellulite and fluid retention – add 3 drops of Fennel to 5 ml of carrier oil (body or foot massage) or combine with 3 Geranium and 3 Cedarwood and add to warm bath.
In the case of indigestion, IBS, bloating 2 drops of Fennel, 2 drops of Peppermint, and 1 of Ginger in 5 ml of a carrier or as compress will work within a few minutes.
Use this oil in moderation. The main constituent of Fennel essential oils is anethole, which has been considered to be the active estrogenic agent.