21 November 2008

Sweet Fennel essential oil is a wonderful aromatic from the crushed seeds of this common spice. Sweet fennel is a biennial or perennial herb growing up to 6 feet high with feathery leaves and brilliant crowns of gold flowers. It is an herb with a long history in traditional medicine, thought to bring longevity, courage and strength. Fennel's 'majical' use includes the warding off of evil spirits and the countering of poisons.

Botanical Name
Foeniculum vulgare

Origin
France

Color
Clear with a Pale Yellow Tinge

Consistency/ Viscosity
Thin and light consistency

Perfumery Note
Top/Middle

Aroma
Sweet, somewhat spicy, woody, licorice-like (Anise) aroma

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium - Strong

Extraction Method
Extracted using steam distillation process

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Anethole, Myrcene, Cineole, Eugenol, Methyl Chavicol, Thymol, Limonene, Phellandrene, Alpha Terpene, Pinene, Fenchone, Geraniol

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, stimulant, splenic, stomachic, and as a vermifuge

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • It is believed to be invigorating, restoring, stimulating, and warming
  • Has traditionally been used for stimulating estrogen production, balancing hormones, and supporting digestion
  • Sluggish digestion, intestinal parasites, intestinal spasms, menopausal and pre-menopausal problems
  • Fennel essential oil may stimulate estrogen production (and is contraindcated for estrogen-mediated breast cancer for this reason) and increase lactation, as well as act as a stimulant to the circulatory and digestive systems
  • It may also act to break up and flush out toxins, cleansing the tissues
  • It is best applied topically diluted in carrier oil
  • Other : Bruises, cellulites, flatulence, gums, halitosis, mouth, nausea, obesity, water retention
Precaution
  • Dermal sensitizer, possibly carcinogenic
  • Avoid in instances of endometriosis, prostatic hyperplasia and oestrogen-dependent cancer
  • Narcotic in large quantities
  • Avoid in epilepsy and pregnant woman
  • It may cause skin irritation
  • Dilute it well before use
  • Avoid use in sun
  • Avoid using during pregnancy
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
Blend With
Pine, Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Cedarwood, Lemon, Geranium, and Sandalwood

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