Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant species in the carrot family. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks. The benefits of fennel date back to the time of ancient Egyptians and Romans, it was used for spiritual and emotional support. Spiritually, warriors believed that Fennel gave them courage and strength in battle as well as longevity. During the Medieval Age, fennel was used to block spells and ward off witches and evil spirits.
Fennel essential oil is favored for:
- Skin – Fennel is a cleansing tonic for oily skin and has a reputation for diminishing the appearance of wrinkles.
- Digestion – Fennel is considered to be a liver cleanser and is used to calm digestive issues such as indigestion, constipation, cramps, nausea, flatulence and hiccups.
- Antioxidant – With antioxidant properties, Fennel is used to increase energy and promote proper function of glands, liver, kidneys and digestive system. Used for clearing out toxins and often used in the treatment of alcoholism.
- Hormones – Fennel is favored for it’s ability to relieve PMS and menopausal symptoms such as cramps, irritability, and menopausal irregularities due to fluctuating hormones.