Sweet Fennel essential oil
Sweet fennel is an evergreen perennial native to the Mediterranean. It produces small yellow owers, fragrant leaves and seeds. The essential oil comes from steam distilling the seeds of the fennel plant. It has a large white bulb at the base and the leaves come up from the top and look very similar to dill. The aroma is sweet, distinctive and reminiscent of licorice.
Fennel comes from the Latin word “foenum”, meaning “fragrant hay” and Historically the Romans used fennel to soothe digestive discomfort and respiratory congestion and was thought to be beneficial for eyesight. To the Greeks, it was a symbol of victory. It was used during by Roman soldiers and during lent and fasting to reduce hunger. Today is has been shown to be healing to the skin, soothing to the stomach and digestion and has antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics.
Fennel is comprised of chemical components called ketones. Ketones give fennel its ability help to improve skin, support respiratory function and in healthy digestion and it’s calming properties. Recent studies have shown fennel to eliminate colic in babies. Adding fennel to an emulsion has shown that it may help clear the bowels and get rid of gas and bloating. It seems to work more quickly than some other herbs that are known for aiding in stomach discomfort because of its volatility. It’s main volatile component is anethole. Anethole prevents the activation of an inflammation-triggering molecule, which is associated with cancer.
Fennel has so many benefits that can be utilized by the essential oil as well as enjoying the actual delicious plant in cooking and in teas. Fennel essential oil blends well with citruses, lavender, lemongrass, ginger, sage and basil.
Tummy Soothing Rub
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 20 drops Sweet Fennel essential oil
- 10 drops chamomile essential oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
Blend oils together to make massage oil. Rub a small amount into the tummy, rubbing in a clockwise direction. Massage in rm circle 5 to 10 rotations.
Safety precautions for fennel include avoiding it for those that suffer from epilepsy. Pregnant women and women with breast cancer should avoid fennel because it is known to boost production of estrogen.