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Fennel essential oil has purifying, diuretic and soothing properties. It is used, among other things, in massages to soothe swelling and pain in the abdomen. The relaxing and soothing action also has its effects on the psychic sphere.

The plant and the production of essential oil

Fennel, scientific name Foeniculum vulgare, is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. a distinctive feature of this botanical family is the racemose inflorescence, translated from botanical language it means that in the groupings of branches that bear flowers (this means inflorescence) the flowers have peduncles all of the same length. Although belonging to the same species, the wild fennel varieties are quite different from those for vegetables. The latter are those known for the large tap root that we buy in the markets. On the other hand, the fruits, improperly called seeds, used in the kitchen as a spice, derive from the wild variety. The essential oil is obtained precisely from these fruits by pressing.

Properties of fennel essential oil

Some properties ascribed to fennel essential oil are those commonly associated with a large variety of essential oils such as a discreet disinfectant action and expectorant properties. Other properties are instead more interesting because they are more specific and less common: the antispasmodic activity for example which makes it an ally in the treatment of abdominal pain, even more so if these pains are the typical female ones of women of childbearing age because another property peculiar attributed to the essential oil of fennel is to be a regulator of the menstrual cycle. This soothing ability also has a counterpart in the psychic area, in fact this essential oil is attributed the ability to calm and restore the tired mind.

Topical use of fennel essential oil

By diluting a few drops of fennel essential oil in a carrier oil, such as almond oil, you get a balm with which to massage the abdomen in case of menstrual pain and premenstrual but also of swelling and gastrointestinal pain. Having a certain astringent power and promoting circulation, this oil can also be used to combat cellulite. A few drops (in this case no more than two or three) of essential oil in half a glass of water can be used to gargle to fight coughs or give relief to sensitive gums, it goes without saying that this is a use that is borderline between external and internal use, therefore a lot of attention should be paid to the dose, it should not be ingested and in any case these indications are only general indications, it would be wise to consult an expert. It would be better to first dilute the drops in an oily substance and then pour it all into the water, again for the usual argument that essential oils are fat-soluble and non-water-soluble. We have said that the expectorant and disinfectant property of the respiratory tract is not the one for which fennel essential oil is best known but it can also be used in suffumiges for this purpose. Having anticipated that it has a certain ability to stimulate circulation, fennel essential oil can also be used for this purpose by adding a few drops to the water in the bathtub.

Fennel essential oil in aromatherapy

In aromatherapy, a few drops of this essential oil in an environmental diffuser promote relaxation by giving relief from mental fatigue and stress. Someone even proposes it to relieve the unpleasant symptoms of post-drinking, but we do not guarantee particular effectiveness for this specific situation.


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