Sweet Fennel

The Hindus and Chinese used fennel as an anti-venomous agent against snake and scorpion bites...

Foeniculum vulgare

Note: Middle

Parts Used: seeds

Source: essential oil by steam distillation. 1. sweet fennel oil is obtained from crushed seeds 2. bitter fennel oil from crushed seeds or the whole herb.

Description and Odor Effect: 1. colorless to pale yellow liquid with a very sweet, anise-like slightly earthy-peppery scent, 2. seed oil is a pale yellow liquid with a sharp, warm camphoraceous odor; the 'weed' oil is pale orange-brown with a sharp, peppery-camphoraceous odor. The odor effect is warming and stimulating.

Nature: warming, stimulating, soothing, balancing, purifying

Blends well with: geranium, lavender, rose, sandalwood

Physical Uses: Sweet fennel oil is used topically for bruises, dull, oily, mature complexions and pyorrhoea (a chronic form of periodontitis). The purifying nature of fennel aids in the reduction of cellulite, obesity, edema and the build-up of toxins in rheumatism. It helps with breathing in cases of asthma and bronchitis. Fennel is used for problems with digestion; anorexia, colic, constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence, hiccough and nausea. Fennel is female balancing – it is said to stimulate the estrogen level, which is useful in helping women experiencing amenorrhoea (absence of menses), menstrual discomforts, premenstrual tension, or menopausal problems; it increases lactation in nursing mothers.

Mental and Emotional Uses: The scent of fennel helps to reduce mental stress and promotes a restful sleep.

Caution: Bitter fennel oil should not be used on the skin at all. Neither oil should be used during pregnancy or with people prone to epilepsy.

Sweet fennel oils is preferred in aromatherapy since it does not contain the harsh 'fenchone' note.

Therapeutic Properties: antibacterial, antidote, antiemetic, antifungal, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aperitif, appetite, astringent, calmative, carminative, decongestant, depurative, detoxifier, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, estrogenic, expectorant, galactagogue, hepatic, insect repellent, insecticide, laxative, parasiticide, regulator (female reproductive system), resolvent, revitalizing, stimulant (uterine contractions, estrogen levels), stomachic, tonic, vermifuge

Applications: application, aroma lamp, bath, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray, steam inhalation, steam room and sauna

Keyword: Female Tonic

Fennel Magic: wearing a piece of fennel in the left shoe will prevent wood ticks from biting your legs.

Fennel Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To even out the menstrual cycle:

  • 4 drops Fennel
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Rose Otto
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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