|Latin name||Foeniculum vulgare|
|Synonyms||F. officinale, Anethum foeniculum|
|Extraction||Distillation of the seeds|
|Plant characteristics||A pretty herb that grows up to 2 metres high with feathery leaves and golden flowers, the essential oil is distilled from the light brown seeds.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow liquid with a sweet aniseed aroma – hints of pepper and spice.|
|Traditional use||Ancient Greeks used it to help them lose weight. It was found to be especially beneficial for the gall-bladder.|
|Blends well with||Lemon, black pepper, ginger and geranium essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||Fennel should be well diluted for use on children and avoided in pregnancy, epilepsy and during alcoholism. It must always be used within the recommended doses. There is also a bitter fennel oil that should never be used in aromatherapy.|
|Main chemical constituents||Ketones (trace – 22%).|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.