The benefits of fennel date back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans. They used fennel for spiritual and emotional support as well as medicinal reasons.
They used it medicinally for snake bites, earaches, lung and kidney infections and to balance the female reproductive system.
Spiritually warriors believed that it gave them courage and strength in battle and longevity. During the Medieval Age, fennel was used to block spells and ward off witches and evil spirits.
Today, we can reap the benefits of fennel using fennel essential oil every day. It can assist us with any kinds of digestive troubles. It also stimulates estrogen production and lactation, and can facilitate birthing!
From minimizing hunger to supporting the liver and pancreatic functions, the benefits of fennel are appreciated. There are more benefits listed below, so keep on reading!
We also know that fennel is used for culinary purposes, especially in Mediterranean cuisine! It is amazing that something we have used for culinary use for thousands of years is so beneficial to our body!
I designed this section so you could use it as a fun and easy reference guide. It will tell you how to use your oil and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun tips, testimonials and oil trivia!
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What is the Genus Species? Foeniculum vulgare
Why is this information important? There are many species of fennel including poison hemlock which is not an edible plant. Also, many of the species are not suitable for medicinal use. So please remember to purchase your oil using the common name and the genus species!
Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are notat all the same. And they are used for different purposes.
Note about Fennel Chemistry: Fennel and anise are composed of the ether anethole which makes them almost identical for aromatherapy use. So if you don't have fennel use anise! This is a unique situation and doesn't occur that often with essential oils but I thought I would note it. More benefits of fennel!
Where is the name derived from? Fennel comes from a Latin word "fenum" meaning "hay".
Why is this information so important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Crushed seeds
What is the ORAC Value? 238,400 µTE/100g
Why be bothered with this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,260; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that Fennel is contained in Hildegard’s Medicine Book? Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was known as the first herbalist and naturopath of the middle ages. Her book documented over 12,000 remedies for symptoms and diseases. Wow! OK, they knew the benefits of fennel so long ago!
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-diabetic, analgesic, expectorant, natural anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antitumoral, estrogen like, antiparasitic, anti-toxin, increases metabolism and diuretic.
What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Fennel? Urinary tract infections (cystitis), diabetes, cancer, digestive problems (spasms, parasites, flatulence, indigestion, nausea, colic), hormones, obesity, fluid retention, gout, pain and inflammation, menstrual problems, PMS, pre-menopause, cancer and, kidney and urinary stones.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its sweet and spicy aroma promotes courage and is balancing. You may recognize the licorice scent!
What is the Spiritual Influence? We also know that Fennel benefits the spirit! Fennel will give us courage to look at the part of the self that lacks self love. It gently forces us to look at our own rejection of self due to self image and victim mentality.
It is good for those of us who are challenged by weight gain as well as those with anorexia. They both deal with feeling unloved, not worthy to accept love or not being able to love ourselves for who we are.
It also helps us ground to mother earth energy. And it may open your awareness to suffering that takes place on earth.
It will help us understand and accept the spiritual reasoning behind such suffering so we can embrace earth energy and our spiritual work.
What Chakra is Affected? Fennel benefits the base, sacral and heart chakra.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow
How do I use it?
Use NEAT (undiluted). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this oil be used for Pets? Yes, use diluted. Good for digestion and balancing mare hormones!
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats especially when poor quality oils are used. Pine and citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils when wanting healing results! Because it is improved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA, food grade fennel oil is readily available on the market. Please remember, these are not the same oils and are often adulterated (changed).
One of the benefits of fennel oil is that is has no know contraindications and it is generally regarded as safe (GRAS).
Repeated use may result in contact sensitization.
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age. Women who are pregnant or those who are susceptible to epilepsy should use caution.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that Fennel is in the Parsley Family?
Did you know that Fennel was used by the Ancient Romans to clear cloudy eyes? They referred to it as the "herb of sight"!
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