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Fennel (Sweet) Essential Oil


Fennel has been used throughout history as a flavouring agent in breads, pastries, candies, and alcoholic liquors. In ancient times it was also used to treat snake bites and was later revered for its ability to appease hunger cravings. It’s been used for many centuries for a variety of health, wellness, and beauty applications.

Name of Oil:  Sweet Fennel

Latin Binomial:  Foeniculum vulgare

Extraction Method:  Steam

Countries of Origin:  India

Scent Profile:  Sweet, reminiscent of licorice

Parts used in distillation:  Seeds

Oil Characteristics:  Clear to yellow tinged, thin, medium to strong aroma

Cultivation: Non Sprayed

Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Digestive concerns, respiratory concerns, menstrual pain, endometriosis, fluid retention, cellulite, dull/oily skin and mature skin.

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Protection against emotional threats.


Long been used to satisfy cravings during times of fasting. In theMiddle Ages it was used as protection against evil.

Chemical Constituents

a-pinene, myrcene, fenchone, trans-anethole, methyl chavicol, limonene,1,8 cineole, anisic aldehyde

Safety & References


May inhibit blood clotting

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

Aromatherapy – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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