The sharp distinct aroma of fennel essential oil is unmistakable. Black licorice lovers will especially enjoy the anise-like aroma, while others may find it a bit pungent. This classic aroma lends itself to many soaps and perfumes, but fennel is so much more than a rich aroma.
What It’s For
Fennel essential oil comes from the steam distillation of the seeds of the plant. Seed oils are somewhat unique in their chemical profiles. In aromatherapy practice, essential oils derived from seeds are used for emotional growth and releasing emotional trauma, especially those around birth and reproduction. They’re also great for embarking on new projects, when energy feels blocked, or when your energy field needs protection.
Fennel is also great for supporting the digestive system. For this reason, we find it in many Young Living products that target the digestive system, such as DiGize, JuvaFlex, Digest and Cleanse, and more.
The primary active constituent in fennel is anethole. This constituent has anti-inflammatory benefits and may help with appetite suppression. Also found in tarragon and anise essential oils, this constituent may be responsible for the digestive supporting benefits as well.
Who Should Use Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel is a great essential oil to consider for digestive complaints or possibly to curb appetite. However, some women have concerns about using fennel during pregnancy and while nursing. Learn more here and by watching the video.
Because it is a seed oil, fennel brings a unique aroma profile to many blends. To get started with blending essential oils, check out this post.