Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce.
Country of origin: India.
Family: Umbelliferae (Apiaceae).
Method of extraction: distillation.
Plant part: seeds.
Colour: clear with a faint yellow tinge.
Perfumery note: top to middle note.
Scent: sweet, herby somewhat spicy and peppery, licorice-like (Anise) aroma.
Ingredients (INCI): Foeniculum vulgare dulce (Sweet Fennel) Oil.
Major constituents: a-pinene, myrcene, fenchone, trans-anethole, methyl chavicol, limonene, 1,8-cineole, anisic aldehyde.
Blends well with: geranium, lavender, rose and sandalwood.
Properties: antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactagogue, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, splenic, tonic and vermifuge.
Fennel oil's greatest benefits lie in its easing of the digestive system, helping with obesity and cellulite and toning the skin.
- In diffusers, fennel oil is used to boost energy and strength.
- Fennel oil can be used as a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath for helping fix a bloated stomach, constipation and other digestive problems. It also acts as a diuretic, to remove excess water and to start breaking down cellulite.
- Used in a base cream or lotion, Fennel oil can be helpful for general skin care and especially for dispersing bruises, livening a dull complexion, clearing an oily skin and fighting wrinkles in mature skins. It is also useful for removing cellulite.
- 100% natural essential oil (USDA organic certification).
|Product type||Essential oils|
|Skin concern||Oily & Combination|
|Country of origin||USA|
The name is from the Latin word 'foenum' which means 'hay'. It grows up to 2 m (6 feet) in height and is a biennial or perennial herb, with green feathery leaves and golden yellow flowers, that bees like.
In Medieval times it was known as 'Fenkle' and was a very popular herb with the ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Romans, who believed it conveyed longevity, courage and strength, as well as warding of spirits. Not only did they use it to strengthen eyesight, but they also used it for snakebites, colic and to rid dogs of fleas.