Fennel Oil










Fennel oil helps to steady emotional swings, balances hormones, relieves sugar cravings, and is great for use in foot reflexology.


Fennel, Plate 288 from "A Curious Herbal," Published 1782
Fennel, Plate 288 from "A Curious Herbal," Published 1782

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Its ability to stave off hunger was employed during fasting days in Europe. It was consumed in large quantities in the household of Edward I of England in 1300 – 8 and 1/2 pounds being sufficient for only one month’s supply.


Botanical Name - Foeniculum vulgare

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Distilled - Seeds

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Very sweet, anise-like, slightly earthy-peppery

Color – Clear

Effect - Warming

Largest Producing Countries - Italy, France, and Greece


Other Areas of Origin – Bulgaria, Germany, India, North Africa, Portugal, and Spain


Traditional Use - In pharmaceutical products fennel oil is used in cough drops, lozenges, carminative and laxative preparations. In the food industry it’s utilized in all of the major food categories, as well as soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. The cosmetic industry adds fennel to soaps, toiletries and perfumes, and room sprays.


Properties - Antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, estrogen-like, expectorant, galactagogue, laxative, orexigenic, regenerative, splenic, stimulant (circulatory), stomachic, tonic, and vermifuge.


Benefits - Abdominal pains or cramps, amenorrhea, anorexia, antidote for poisonous mushrooms, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, calms, cellulitis, child birthing (inhaled), colic, constipation, coughs, digestive problems, dull complexion, dyspepsia, edema, fertility, flatulence, fluid retention, hiccough, improves memory, insufficient milk (nursing mothers), liver problems, mature skin, menopausal problems, nausea, obesity, oily skin, PMS, pyorrhea, rheumatism, and sore throats.


Blends Well With - Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cypress, dill, fir, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, niaouli, orange, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, tangerine, and ylang ylang.


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Safety Data - Fennel oil is a mild skin irritant, but relatively non-toxic. It has narcotic properties in large doses. It shouldn’t be used on epileptics, during pregnancy, those with endometriosis, or estrogen-dependent cancer. Use only in moderation.




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