Fennel Bitter Essential Oil

Fennel Bitter Essential Oil

Fennel Bitter Essential Oil
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Fennel essential oil, Bitter, USA is also known as Common Fennel essential oil. It is obtained by steam distillation of the dried seeds. Yields range from just above two percent to nearly seven percent. Chemically it is quite similar to sweet fennel with high anethole content, up to 60 percent. However it has a spicier less-sweet aroma. Analysis of USA Bitter Fennel reveals minor components like GERMACRENE-D, methyl chavicol, camphor, and even trace amounts of menthol (probably due to wild mint in the fields). The resulting aroma is grassy-herbal and mildly sweet.

Name: Fennel oil, Bitter, USA
Species: Foeniculum vulgare Miller, ssp. piperitum, fam. Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Part: Seed
Country: USA


Antidepressant - alleviates or prevents depression, lifts mood, counters melancholia

Anti-inflammatory - controls, alleviates inflammation resulting from injury or infection

Anti-nausea - prevents and relieves nausea

Antiseptic - prevents, halts infection

Antispasmodic - calms nervous and muscular spasms, for colic, pain and indigestion

Diuretic - Increases urine flow

Hormone - a product of living cells that produces a specific effect on the activity of cells remote from its point of origin

Nervine - strengthening and toning to the nerves and nervous system

Tonic - strengthens and enlivens the whole or specific parts of the body

A sweet and soft licorice aroma that's reminiscent of anise Fennel is a natural diuretic and relieves the discomfort associated with fluid retention in the body.

Fennel oil relieves premenstrual tension and bloating.

Its hormone like activity may help tone breast tissue and stimulate the production of milk in lactating mothers.

Due to its cleansing and detoxifying effects it is often recommended for treating cellulite, as well as digestive system complaints such as weak or sluggish digestion, or flatulence.

Good for treating bruises as Fennel reabsorbs the blood to speed healing, black and blue discoloration of tissues fades quickly.

Use as a tonic before exercise for production of energy, as well as to relieve tired muscles after exercise and to facilitate the release of lactic acids.

Helpful the morning after a night of overindulgence in alcohol, tobacco, or other toxic substance.

Fennel makes a wonderful detoxifying bath alone or in a blend!

Use it for treating eye inflammation such as conjunctivitis or pink eye. Note: Never put essential oil directly in the eye. Apply oil only to the surrounding area.

Fennel relieves nervous exhaustion after extended periods of work or exercise.

CAUTION: Can irritate sensitive skin. Due to its natural diuretic properties please avoid during pregnancy. Not for use by people with epilepsy. People with epilepsy, endometriosis, and / or estrogen-related cancers should not use fennel essential oil. Ultimately, as the fennel herb contains large quantities of trans-anethole, any of the aforementioned disorders could become worsened or complicated with the use of fennel.

As fennel oil is available in both sweet and bitter varieties, those using sweet fennel oil should never use the oil in very large doses, as a large quantity of sweet fennel oil can stimulate a narcotic effect.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free. The Oil Shop's oils are all certified pesticide free and therapeutic grade.
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