Latin name: Foeniculum vulgare dulce
Source country: France
Appearance: Clear to pale yellow thin liquid.
Aroma: Sharp spicy peppery aniseed like aroma
Derivation: The oil is steam distilled from the seeds and sometimes the whole plant
which is a 2 metre high herb with green leaves and yellow flowers.
Chemicals: The main component of fennel oil is trans-anethole - an aromatic ether
substance - which can constitute up to 80% of the oil. This gives fennel its aroma and is
present in anise, star anise, and liquorice. The other components are many and in small
concentrations, mainly terpenoids such as pinene, fenchone, methyl chavicol, cineole, and
Uses: The main use of fennel is as a herb where it can aid digestion and it also a diuretic.
This latter property gives it the ability to disperse cellulite. The oil itself is also used in
cosmetics for cellulite, as well as skin toning. It is said to be of help with wrinkles in more
mature skin possibly because of its estrogenic properties. It should be used in high dilution
as it is a very strong oil. It is one of the main herb ingredients in alcoholic drinks like ferne
branca which is known to settle the stomach and promote the appetite.
Note: As with all pure essential oils, dilute appropriately with a suitable carrier oil
before using on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally