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Scientific name : Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce
Oil origin : Seeds
Extraction : Steam distillation
Aroma : Anise-like, peppery
Odor strength : Medium
Evaporation : Top note
Origin : Spain
Fennel is native to the Mediterranean but has become naturalized across the world. It contains the compound anethole which gives fennel its characteristic licorice-like scent. It is considered an astringent, tonic, stimulant, and contains estrogenic properties.
Although it's traditionally used for supporting the digestive system, it may also help the urinary, hormonal, and sympathetic nervous systems through its various chemical compounds and properties. It's popular in teas to help aid with digestion.
Emotionally and spiritually, fennel is said to support a person's responsibility (or confidence in their ability to respond). This means it might help a person struggling with self-doubt, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, accountability, or stubbornness, and help them live in alignment with their values and integrity. Historically, it was even used to bestow strength and courage to warriors and may support stamina and longevity by strengthening the solar plexus.
Fennel essential oil is a suitable addition for cosmetic applications, personal care formulations, soaps, perfumery, insect repellents, and aromatherapy.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
Safety precautions: Extremely potent use with care. Consult a professional reference for correct dilution ratios prior to application.
Avoid in pregnancy and lactation. Keep away from eye area. Keep out of reach of children.
Fennel essential oil is reported to have potentially carcinogenic constituents. High risk individuals should be careful not to overexpose themselves to this oil. Please stay with in a 2.5% dilution ratio and use extra caution.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
"...use of herbs and other natural products are increasingly preferred. Regarding the effectiveness of fennel, it can be used to relieve the signs and symptoms significantly on primary dysmenorrhoea."
Complete Scientific Study Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3611645/