Fennel can grow up to six feet in height and has delicate, feathery leaves. The history of Fennel dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to ease digestive troubles and monthly menstrual cycles are equally noteworthy. Fennel can be added to tea to calm the digestive system as well as the mind and emotions. Fennel can be very soothing when applied to the abdomen during monthly menstrual cycles and those same properties can lessen the discomfort associated with minor skin irritations. Fennel is also known to support a healthy lymphatic system.
Fennel is steam distilled from the crushed seeds.
The properties of Fennel:
When diffused Fennel increases and influences longevity, courage, and purification.
How to apply Fennel:
- Topically – Can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil), for children and for those with sensitive skin when using topically. Apply reflex points and directly on area of concern.
- Aromatically – Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internally – Fennel oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage. Not for children under 6 years old.
- Rub Fennel on your stomach or on the bottom of your feet to help ease menstrual or digestive discomfort.
- Put a drop of Fennel under your tongue to help fight sweet tooth cravings.
- Add to desserts for an additional depth of flavor.
- Add 1–2 drops in a glass of warm water or tea to help settle digestive upset.
- Relieves indigestion and digestive troubles
- Eases monthly menstrual cycles
- Supports a healthy lymphatic system
- Calms minor skin irritation
Safety precautions using Fennel:
Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy.