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Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel Seeds Fennel Oil

Botanical Name

Foeniculum vulgare

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Seeds

Color

Clear with a Faint Yellow Tinge

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top/Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium - Strong

Aromatic Description

Sweet, somewhat spicy, licorice-like (Anise) aroma.

Fennel Oil Uses

Bruises, cellulites, flatulence, gums, halitosis, mouth, nausea, obesity, toxin build-up, water retention. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-66.]

Major Constituents

(E)-Anethole
(+)-Limonene
Fenchone
Estragole
a-Pinene
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 199. K.H. Kubeczka, Essential Oils Analysis by Capillary Gas Chromatography and Carbon-13 NMR Spectoroscopy, Second Edition. (Chichester: Wiley, 2002). Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 277.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that Fennel Oil may interact with medication, and that it may inhibit blood clotting. They precaution to avoid use of the oil topically if it has oxidized as skin sensitization is more likely. Their contraindications include pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, estrogen-dependent cancers, and children under 5. Their dermal maximum is 2.5%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 277.]

Shelf Life

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