Fennel seeds have been eaten over centuries to maintain a healthy metabolism.
It is warming, circulatory and has a sweet, aniseedy aroma.
F. officinale, Anethum foeniculum
Distillation of the seeds
A pretty herb that grows up to 2 metres high with feathery leaves and golden flowers, the essential oil is distilled from the light brown seeds.
A pale yellow liquid with a sweet aniseed aroma – hints of pepper and spice.
Ancient Greeks used it to help them lose weight. It was found to be especially beneficial for the gall-bladder.
Blends well with
Lemon, black pepper, ginger and geranium.
Cautions and comments
Fennel should be well diluted for use on children and avoided in pregnancy, epilepsy and during alcoholism. It must always be used within the recommended doses suggested on this course. There is also a bitter fennel oil that should never be used in aromatherapy.
Main chemical constituents
Ketones (trace – 22%).
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.