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
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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
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.
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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