Fennel

Plant/part: Herb/seeds (source: china, australia)

Latin name: Foeniculum vulgare

Family: Umbelliferae

Note: Top to middle

Extraction: Distillation

Aroma: Floral, herby and slightly spicy.

Properties: Has a sweet aniseed-like aroma which makes it pleasant for skin care. For massage where there is cellulite and for the digestive system, especially the dreaded wind.
An excellent body cleanser, ridding the system of poisonous toxins resulting from excess food and alcohol. It is great for hangovers acting as a tonic to the liver, kidneys and spleen. Clears poisons from insect and serpent bites too! Helpful in reducing diets as it seems effective in dispersing cellulitis through its diuretic action. May also dissolve kidney stones. Works well on stomach ailments since it is a tonic to the digestion. It is good for hiccups, nausea, vomiting and colic. A clearing action on the intestines helps to relieve constipation and flatulence. As an antispasmodic and expectorant, may be useful in cold conditions and bronchitis as well as whooping cough. Said to activate the glandular system by imitating the hormone oestrogen. This could make it helpful with pre menstrual tension, scanty periods, menopausal problems and low sexual response.

Chemical constituents: Anethol, anisic acid, anisic aldehyde, pinene, camphene, estragol, fenone, phellandrene.

Precautions: Slight dermal toxicity; use _ recommended dilution or less. Best avoided in pregnancy and people suffering epilepsy.

Blends: Basil, geranium, lavender, lemon, rose, rosemary, sandalwood.