Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare (var. dulce)
Botanical name: 
Foeniculum vulgare (var. dulce)

Cleansing, comforting and restorative

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist.
Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Expectorant - mucous coughs, bronchitis, catarrh
Anti Spasmodic - cramps, colic, nausea, nervous diarrhoea, asthma
Stimulant, Emotional Tonic - frustration, tiredness, debility, chronic stress-related conditions
Diuretic/Cleansing - toxin build up
Galactogogue - insufficient lactation
Hormone Regulator - irregular periods, pms, menopause, oedema,
Family: 
Apiaceae / Umbelliferae
Country of origin: 
Mediterranean
Part of plant used: 
Seeds
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation
Blends with: 
Florals, spicy and citrus oils.
Chemical character: 
Ester type
Safety information: 
Do not use in pregnancy - estragole, 2% max in blends to avoid skin sensitisation.
Odour profile: 
Sweet, fresh and anisic, note of pepper
Plant description: 
Tall herb with feathery leaves and yellow umbrella-like flowers.
Historical use: 
Classically an aid to breastfeeding, and a traditional constituent of 'gripe water' for babies with colic.

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