Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgare
About Fennel Essential Oil
- Wildcrafted medicinal herb, vegetable, and seasoning which has been in use since at least 3000 BC.
- The Fennel seeds were used to improve digestion, relieve gas, decrease appetite, and quell obesity.
- It was believed to bring strength, courage, and longevity and was often used in teas, foods, and herbal medicine.
In the middle ages, it was combined with St. John’s wart as protection.
How to Use Fennel Essential Oil
- Add 2 drops to Clary Sage, Lavender and Sesame oil and create a warm cloth compress over the belly
- Add 1-3 drops to candy or foods for servings of 4 or more; it’s very strong
- Direct inhalation out of the bottle for immediate relief of an upset stomach
- Add to ½ oz warmed Sesame oil and 5 drops Ravintsara, 1-2 drops Fennel (perhaps 4 drops Lavender or Mandarin) and use as a digestive massage oil
Other Ways To Use Fennel Essential Oil
- To help IBS and Constipation or general digestive upset add 1-2 drops to lotion or sesame oil and rub into the abdomen. When rubbing it in it is best to massage in the direction of the large intestine by starting with the hand on the lower right side of the abdomen sliding the hand up then across the upper abdomen to the left and down the left side and repeat.
- Massage recipe: in a small 5 mL bottle with a wand cap (not orifice reducer)
- 6 drops Fennel
- 5 drops Cardamom
- 8 drops Ginger
- 8 drops Peppermint
- 4 ml Sesame Oil
1 drop Fennel can also be drank in a cup of 8 oz. water as well, warm to room temperature.
Use in Ayurveda for Fennel Essential Oil
- Decreases Kapha
- Increases Pitta
- Increases Vata
Aromatic Profile and Product Details of Fennel Essential Oil
This potent and very distinctive Essential oil is derived from the crushed seeds through steam distillation. It has a very herbaceous licorice scent and flavor. Fun to use during Halloween and other holidays.
Blends well with These Essential Oils
- Black Pepper
- Ylang Ylang
Safety Considerations for Fennel Essential Oil
- Avoid Fennel Essential oil during pregnancy, breastfeeding; it may create nausea or discomfort
- Use with extreme caution for children under 6.
History or facts of Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel is a Mediterranean culinary herb whose leaves are dill, the base of the plant is a delicious bulb, and the seeds contain an essential oil that is herbaceous and sweet with licorice notes.
On a mental and emotional level, it promotes courage, self-expression, helps release creative blocks and expands our inner light.
Fennel essential oil is used in soap, food, soft drinks and in the liquor industry as a flavoring. It adds a licorice-like taste which is sweet and herbal.
A single drop of Fennel essential oil can replace the need for the dried fennel seeds in soups, teas, and other foods. Please note that Fennel essential oil should be used in moderation and not eaten daily.