Fennel essential oil

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) essential oil comes from the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae (parsley) botanical family.  Because of it’s aroma, it is often called “licorice plant.” 

The oil is obtained by steam distilling the crushed seeds to get a highly aromatic, licorice-smelling essential oil.

Fennel essential oil has a sweet, earthy, anise-like aroma that is energizing, vitalizing, and balancing. It is stimulating to the circulatory, glandular, respiratory, and digestive systems. It also may support feelings of well-being during the menstrual cycle.

The chemical constituents of Fennel essential oil include:

  • Monoterpenes; pinene, limonene
  • Monoterpenols: fenchol
  • Phenols: methyl chavicol
  • Aldehydes
  • Ketones
  • camphor
  • Oxides: 1.9 cineaol
  • Coumarins
  • furocoumarins

History:  During medievel times, fennel was believed to ward off eveil spirits and to protect against spells cast by witches.  For hundreds of years, fennel seeds have been used as a digestive aid to balance menstrual cycles.  Recently it has bee used in mouthwashes and toothpastes.

It is becoming a very popular weight loss scent–inhaling the aroma creates a sense of fullness and satiation in the stomach.

Action:  Fennel stimulates estrogen production, facilitates birthing, increases lactation, promotes digestion, reduces indigestion, supports the heart and respiratory systems, expels worms, and is stimulating to the circulatory and respiratory system.  It is antiseptic, antispasmodic, and analgesic.

Uses:  Fennel can be used for cystitis, sluggish digestion, fluid retention, gout, intestinal parasites, intestinal spasms, nausea, menopause and pre-menopause problems.  It can also be used for indigestion, stimulating the cardiovascular system, constipation, balancing hormones, supporting pancreatic function, PMS, and stimulating the respiratory system.  It may break up fluids and toxins and cleanse the tissues.

Fennel essential oil is a wonderful skin tonic and is great for puffy eyes and skin as it reduces water retention and helps minimize wrinkles.  It helps maintain  elasticity of the skin and connective tissue, as well as muscle tone.   ORAC: Fennel has an approximate ORAC of 2,383,680 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter. 

Safety Data: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age. Use with caution if epileptic or pregnant.

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Item No. 3542 – 15 ml – Fennel Essential Oil


Fennel Essential Oil — 2 Comments

  1. i am doing a project on fennel oil, can anyone suggest me what is the diluent to be used to dilute fennel oil so that i can give oil in different doses to animals?

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