Sweet Fennel Essential Oil
Sweet Fennel is a perennial flowering plant native to Southern Europe.
- Botanical Family: Apiaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Seeds
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: Sweet Fennel is related to Bitter Fennel. It is typically an essential oil, but can be an absolute.
- Chemistry: Sweet Fennel is comprised of phenylpropanoids (trans-anethole, methyl chavicol (estragole)) and monoterpenes (α-pinene, d-limonene).
- Skin: reduce the appearance of pores by applying a neutral facial toner on freshly washed skin
- Digestive: helps to relieves indigestion, nausea and other digestive issues.
- Lymphatic: supports the lymphatic system.
- Reproductive: treats hormonal imbalances and the symptoms of PMS and menstruation, contains phytoestrogen and helps to regulate menstrual cycles, boosts reduced sex drive, increases estrogen levels and intimate secretions
- Pregnancy: Can be used to increase milk-production. During pregnancy, it can interfere with reproductive hormonal modulation and should be avoided.
- Nervous System: motivates and energizes creativity
- Energetics: inspires creativity and motivation.
- Spiritual: supports the Sacral Chakra associated with the emotions, sensuality, and creativity
- Scent Profile: Mid note with a rich aroma reminiscent of anise giving it a black licorice flavor
- Longevity: The aroma of Fennel can last up to 24 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Herbaceous, Spicy
- Blends well with: Cardamom, Cinnamon Leaf, Coriander, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Marjoram, Peppermint, Star Anise, Tangerine, and Ylang Ylang
- According to Tisserand & Young: Due to its trans-anethole content, fennel essential oil should be avoided by any method of application by people who are pregnant, lactating, or have endometriosis or estrogen dependent cancers. Trans-anethole exhibits estrogenic actions and can interfere with reproductive hormonal modulation, however, it can be used to increase lactation.
- Oral dosing is cautioned in conjunction with anticoagulant drugs, estrogen dependent cancers, major surgery, childbirth, peptic ulcer, hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.
- Do not use on children under 5 years old
Products Using Fennel Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.