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When I first learned about fennel essential oil, I’ll admit that I didn’t think that it would be an oil that I would use very often, but I am happy to say that I have changed my mind on this oil. It’s helped me curb my sugar cravings. I never thought that I would be able to break that habit.
Since then, I’ve learned other ways to use fennel oil for its other benefits. Let’s take a quick look at its history and benefits before diving into 10 ways it can be used.
The history of Fennel dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. In Medieval times it was known as Fenkle and was a very popular herb with the ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Romans, who believed it conveyed longevity, courage, and strength, as well as warding off spirits.
The essential oil of fennel is obtained through the steam distillation of crushed fennel seeds, an herb which bears the scientific name of Foeniculum Vulgare. Its main chemical components are benzene, anethole, and limonene.
What are the benefits of Fennel Essential Oil?
Fennel essential oil has many medicinal benefits and has been in use in culinary applications and as a mouth freshener since ancient times.
A few of its primary benefits include:
It is beneficial for use with any kind of occasional digestive upset. It helps keep the stomach healthy and functioning properly, and protects the stomach from infections and ulcers, thus ensuring the all-around health and wellness of the stomach.
Even More Benefits:
- It eases monthly menstrual cycles by giving relief from symptoms associated with periods such as headaches, pain in the abdomen, dizziness, and mood swings.
- It supports a healthy lymphatic system.
- It calms minor skin irritations.
- As a laxative, fennel can assist in the flushing out of the kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder. Kidney stones and urinary tract infections are reduced as a result.
- Fennel oil’s expectorant properties also help with treatment of respiratory disorders. Excessive mucus in the lungs, chronic coughs and colds, and asthma can be lessened with this oil.
Top Ten Uses for Fennel Essential Oil
1. To support a slow sluggish digestive system and to alleviate digestive problems, you can dilute 1 drop of Fennel oil with 3 drops of a carrier oil and massage in a clockwise rotation over the abdomen. You could also add 1 drop to water or food or take it in a veggie capsule.
2. Fennel oil is great for the skin. It has strong cleansing and toning properties. It tones facial muscles and restores moisture to the skin, and reduces wrinkles and eye bags on the face. You can make a fennel cleanser for oily skin by adding 2-3 drop of Fennel oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and applying it to your face. Hold a hot washcloth over your face a few seconds before rinsing your face.
3. Fennel Oil helps prevent abnormal contractions in the body known as spasms which are known to affect the respiratory and intestinal tracts, muscles and nerves and cause acute pain, cramps, muscle pulls and convulsion. Try adding 1-2 drops Fennel oil to a carrier oil and massaging to provide much-needed relief to the affected areas.
4. Applying Fennel Oil to open wounds and cuts protects them from becoming irritated.
5. Put a drop of Fennel under your tongue to help fight sweet tooth cravings.
6. Fennel Oil increases the frequency of urination and the quantity of urine, thus helping not only remove excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements from the body but also proper blood pressure, cleansing the kidneys and reducing fat. Take 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule once or twice a day for three or four days.
7. Fennel oil is a good laxative and benefits in occasional constipation. However, unlike synthetic laxatives, it has no side effects and can be used regularly. You can take a drop or two in a veggie capsule daily, or add 1-2 drops of Fennel oil to warm water or tea, stir, and drink.
8. Fennel oil has proven to be effective in providing relief from the depositions of mucus and phlegm that leads to congestion. Try adding 2-3 drops to a steam inhaler and breathe deeply. You can also make Fennel tea by adding 2-3 drops of Fennel oil to steeping tea, and flavor with honey if desired.
9. Fennel oil can be used to help boost the milk supply for breastfeeding mothers. It is great combined with basil for this purpose. Drink 1 drop of each oil in water or tea every 2 hours until supply increase. You can also apply 2 drops of each, diluted, to the outside of breasts after each feeding.
10. Fennel oil can be used in many cooking and baking recipes. Try adding 1-2 drops Fennel oil to your salad dressing, or in your homemade Marinara sauce. Add 1 drop of Fennel Oil to desserts for an additional depth of flavor.
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