Scent: Fennel is licorice-scented, sweet and herbal.
Blends With: Basil, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood.
Weight loss: Create a lovely Aromatic Bath or dilute to 2% total and Massage the whole body.
Cellulite: Topical Application on affected areas, a total of 2-3% concentration, in jojoba or hazelnut oil, or add Fennel Essential Oil to your favorite body scrub.
Upset stomach, relief from fullness after overeating or to remove nausea: Diffusion
Clearing respiratory congestion: Diffusion
Gas (flatulence): Use 2–4 drops total with food.
Menopause: Diffusion or Topical Application, 2% total (Whole Body Massage), or 5% Local Application, in any carrier oil, or create an Aromatic Bath.
Menstrual symptoms: Dilute to 5% in jojoba or hazelnut oil and apply topically.
Antiseptic: Antispasmodic: Aperitif: Carminative:
Vermifuge: Diuretic: Emmenagogue: Galactogogue:
Laxative: Stimulant: Stomachic: Splenic: Tonic:
Other Benefits: Fennel oil reduces obesity, wrinkles on the skin, and can be used to treat insect bites and colic, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, hiccups, dyspepsia, rheumatism and excess cellulite.
A Few Words of Caution: An organic component called Trans Anethole, which present in fennel essential oil, boosts the production of the estrogen hormone. Although this is beneficial for lactating mothers, it is harmful for pregnant women and women with breast cancer or uterine cancer or tumor, since excess estrogen is the main cause of such cancers. In heavy doses, it may have narcotic effects and can result in convulsions, hallucinations and mental imbalance. People suffering from epilepsy or with a history of that condition should avoid using fennel essential oil.
Like Anise, Fennel has benefits for skin care but must be used with caution due to its being a skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or if epileptic.