What Is Sweet Fennel Oil?
Sweet fennel oil comes from crushed fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare). The plant, which is a part of the Apiaceae family like carrot or parsley, has an herby, slightly spicy smell that resembles aniseed.
Uses of Sweet Fennel Oil
Fennel was used in various ancient civilizations – by the Egyptians for food and medicine, and by the Chinese as a remedy for snake bites. During the Middle Ages, it was hung over doorways to drive away evil spirits.
In present times, sweet fennel oil is used mostly for medicinal purposes, such as killing parasitic worms and their spores in the intestines and excretory tracts, and as a laxative with no side effects.
Benefits of Sweet Fennel Oil
Sweet fennel oil acts as a stimulant for the nervous, digestive, and excretory system, and the endocrine and exocrine glands. It helps relieve dizziness, fatigue, and exhaustion.
Other benefits you can get from using sweet fennel oil include:
- Carminative: eases indigestion and stomach pain
- Diuretic: removes excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts, and other toxic elements
- Splenic: protects the spleen from various infections
- Depurative: removes toxic substances in the blood
- Expectorant: provides relief from mucus and phlegm that lead to congestion of the nasal tract, pharynx, bronchi, and lungs
- Emmenagogue: relieves painful dysmenorrhea and helps prevent untimely or premature menopause in women
- Galactagogue: increases production of breastmilk in lactating mothers
Sweet fennel oil is also used to help treat insect bites, anorexia, hiccups, rheumatism, and spasms. The oil is also helpful in preventing wounds from becoming infected with tetanus.
People with sensitive skin and children under the age of five should stay away from this essential oil to prevent allergic reactions. Always check with your physician and/or take a skin patch test first to make sure that you can use sweet fennel oil without any problems.