I thought I would hate this one because it smells strongly of Black Licorice, but it’s become one of my must haves! It’s great as a decongestant, great for those after workout cramps and pain, great for breaking up superficial blood clots and bruises, great for circulation in general, and strangely, the smell has grown on me! It frees up all the congestion so nice!
Botanical Family: Umbelliferae (parsley)
Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distillation from the crushed seeds—Australia, Spain
Chemical Constituents: Phenolic Ethers (up to 80%): trans-anethole (70%), methyl chavicol (or estragole) (>3%); Monoterpenes (up to 50%): trans-ocimene (<12%), l-limonene (<12%), γ-terpinene (<11%), α- & β-pinenes (<10%), p-cymene, α- & β-phellandrenes, terpiolene, myrcene, sabinene; Alcohols (up to 16%): linalol (<12%), α-fenchol (<4%); Ketones (<15%): fenchone (12%), camphor; Oxides; Phenols.
Properties: Antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, diuretic, and expectorant.
Common Primary Uses: Alcoholism, blood clots, bruises, colic, gas/flatulence, gastritis, gout, obesity, parasites, PMS, vomiting, wrinkles.
Folklore: During Medieval times, fennel was believed to ward off evil spirits and to block spells cast by witches.
Historical Uses: The ancient Egyptians and Romans awarded garlands of fennel as praise to victorious warriors because fennel was believed to bestow strength, courage, and longevity. It has been used for thousands of years for snakebite, to stave off hunger pains, to tone the female reproductive system, for earaches, eye problems, insect bites, kidney complaints, lung infections, and to expel worms.
French Medicinal Uses: Cystitis, sluggish digestion, flatulence, gout, intestinal parasites, intestinal spasms, increase lactation, menopause problems, premenopause, urinary stones, vomiting.
Other Possible Uses: Fennel oil may be used for colic, stimulating the cardiovascular system, constipation, digestion (supports the liver), balancing hormones, kidney stones, nausea, obesity, supporting pancreatic function, and PMS. It may break up fluids and toxins, and cleanse the tissues.
Body System(s) Affected: Digestive and Hormonal Systems.
Aromatic Influence: It influences and increases longevity, courage, and purification. It stimulates sympathetic nervous system activity.
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse.
Oral Use As Dietary Suppliment: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy.
Blend Classification: Equalizer and Modifier.
Blends With: Basil, geranium, lavender, lemon, rosemary, and sandalwood.
Odor: Type: Top to Middle Notes (20–80% of the blend); Scent: Sweet, somewhat spicy, licorice-like;Intensity: 4.