Fennel: This is a biennial or perennial herb with green, feathery leaves and golden yellow flowers. Fennel essential oil is steam distilled from the plant’s crushed fruit (dried seeds). Fennel has been used since medieval times to ward off evil spirits and it was a popular herb with the ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Romans, who believed it conveyed longevity, courage and strength. Fennel seeds have also been used for hundreds of years as a digestive aid.
Sweet Fennel essential oil is a stimulating and balancing aromatherapy oil. It has an affinity with the digestive system and can be helpful for a range of digestive problems. Fennel is also believed to have a positive influence on self-esteem and confidence.
Safety Note: Even though Sweet Fennel is a commonly consumed health-giving vegetable, in its essential oil form it is very powerful and should not be used in large doses as it may have a narcotic effect. Avoid during pregnancy and if you suffer from epilepsy
Skin: Fennel essential oil is a good skin tonic and can be beneficial for dull, and tired skin. It can also help with puffy areas i.e. eyes and thighs as it helps to reduce water retention
Mind: Fennel essential oil is believed to boost courage, resolve and strength during difficult times
Body: Fennel essential oil has long been used as an appetite suppressant and is believed by some to help with weight loss. It is beneficial for the digestive system and is believed to be a tonic for fatigue. It is also one of the best detoxifying essential oils and is much used in lymphatic drainage massage.
Blends well with: Peppermint and Lime