Whether your workout is spending hours at the gym, chasing your children around the house or simply taking strides through the workday, diffused Fennel offers a stimulating aromatic solution.
Fennel essential oil has an anise-like, sweet and floral aroma. The herb is often used in cooking and the flavor of its feathery leaves or edible root is prized in salads. Greek physicians, Hippocrates and Dioscorides recommended fennel for its health supporting attributes. To add a sprightly feeling to the air during yoga or mediation sessions or general workouts, try diffusing Fennel.
Native to Europe and Asia, Fennel grows up to 7 feet in height and produces feathery leaves and petite yellow flowers. Fennel essential oil is extracted from the plant’s seed through steam distillation.
Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgare
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Seed
Synonym: Sweet Fennel
Blends Well With: Cardamom, and other spices
Aroma: Sweet, floral, and similar to licorice
Consistency: Thin - Medium
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
Avoid use if you have endometriosis or are at risk of blood clots or estrogen-dependent cancers.
Adult Max Dilution: 2.5%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, contains the component trans-Anathole which is an ether that is well known for its medicinal use as a digestive aid to reduce gas, constipation, bloating and intestinal spasm as well as for its effect for PMS and menstrual cramps and other issues. It combines very well in abdominal massage to blend with Sweet Orange, Peppermint and Ginger. Mentally, it can offer stimulation, focus and clarity which when used in mediation blends can help you open your mind and let go during yoga practice.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. Ingesting Fennel essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- Using Fennel for breast milk production dates back centuries but in this case it was most likely in the form of food or tea. Fennel has natural estrogen like properties that is believed to enhance breast milk. Two small studies found that using fennel helped to increase milk volume, fat content and infant weight gain. However, excessive use of fennel even as a tea can potentially cause allergic reactions and it is not recommended for use on or around babies. Babies and children under the age of two have a heightened sensitivity to odors and especially to essential oils. Misusing essential oils around babies can have a negative effect on them and we highly recommend caution with this oil.
- Fennel can help fluid balance in the body and reduce fluid retention. In inhalation blends, its sweet disposition may be able to help support weight loss but more information and studies are needed to confirm these possibilities. But reducing fluid retention is a plus for weight loss. To further support your body with weight loss, make sure to eat well and exercise, walk and move everyday to improve the bodies natural rhythm and circulation.
- Fennel has been known to cause adverse reactions due to its trans-anathole content. If you have an allergy to Fennel or if you have had breast cancer, ovarian or uterine cancer in the past or are at risk for now or in the past, we advise you to avoid the use of Fennel essential oil as it can mimic the hormone estrogen. Also if you have a history of endometriosis or uterine fibroids it is also recommended that you restrain from using this oil. According to WebMD, “any condition that might be made worse by estrogen, do not use fennel.”
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Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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TUMMY BLEND: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Fennel, 5 drops of Ginger and 5 drops of Sweet Orange. Or add 5-6 drops of Fennel to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
MASSAGE: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops of Fennel, 3 drops of Ginger, 3 drops of Peppermint and 9 drops of Sweet Orange, then fill with Sweet Almond oil and shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage as desired.
SUGAR SCRUB: Blend together: 10 drops of Fennel, 10 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas) and 15 drops of Rosemary with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of Jojoba and 1/4 cup of Sesame oils. Stir to mix well. Best used in the shower. Avoid getting scrub wet to prevent contamination. Scoop scrub out using a spoon and gently massage 1 tablespoon at a time over the body, focusing on thighs and buttocks.
RELAX: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops of Fennel, 4 drops of Chamomile (Roman), 4 drops of Orange, 2 drops of Cardamom and 5 drops of Lavender, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Use after bath or shower to relax the body and calm the mind. (2% dilution)
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