Fennel can grow up to six feet in height and has delicate, feathery leaves. The history of Fennel dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to ease digestive troubles and monthly menstrual cycles are equally noteworthy. Fennel can be added to tea to calm the digestive system as well as the mind and emotions. Fennel can be very soothing when applied to the abdomen during monthly menstrual cycles and those same properties can lessen the discomfort associated with minor irritations. Fennel is also known to support a healthy lymphatic system.
Fennel essential oil is known to be a potent and powerful aid for digestive health. It’s strong licorice flavor and aroma is gained from the steam distillation from the crushed seeds of the plant. Its use traces back centuries for its emotional and physical benefits. According to Modern Essentials, the properties within a quality brand of fennel oil include: Antiparasitic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antitoxic, Diuretic, Expectorant.
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. 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.
Tips from dōTERRA:
- Rub Fennel on your stomach or on the bottom of your feet to help ease menstrual or digestive discomfort.
- Put a drop of Fennel under your tongue to help fight sweet tooth cravings.
- Add to desserts for an additional depth of flavor.
- Add 1-2 drops in a glass of warm water or tea to help settle digestive upset.
Below are just a few of the many uses for Sweet Fennel Essential Oil;
With your doctor’s support, consider using fennel oil topically, internally, or aromatically using the many ideas listed below.
Gently massage 1-2 drops over the area of concern, diluting as needed.
Inhale from the bottle or diffuse throughout the room as desired. Massage into solar plexus.
Add 1-2 drops to water or food daily, or massage over the area of concern or reflex points of the feet.
Follow the instructions below for Digestive Support or add 1 drop to water, food, or an empty veggie capsule.
Dilute 1 drop of fennel essential oil with 3 drops carrier oil and massage in a clockwise rotation over the abdomen.
Consider using daily or with meals, 1-2 drops internally as needed.
Add 1-2 drops to water daily or take in an empty veggie capsule. Also consider a digestive blend.
Consider massaging 1-2 drops into the reflex points of the feet, or inhaling the aroma from the bottle daily.
Massage 1 drop over the solar plexus and then inhale from the palm of the hand. Also consider diffusing regularly.
Massage 1-2 drops (diluted for sensitive skin) over the area of concern 1-2 times a day or as desired.
Dilute as recommended and apply 1-2 drops over the breasts. Do not use for more than 10 days, and avoid peppermint as it may slow milk production.
Massage 1-2 drops over the area of concern or massage into the reflex points of the feet. Consider taking internally once a day.
Dilute as recommended and massage over the area of concern.
Diffuse throughout times of stress and overwhelm or add a drop to the shirt collar or car vent.