Fennel seed essential oil is steam distilled from the seeds of the fennel plant (Foeniculum vulgare). Sweet fennel seed oil is distilled form the seeds of F. vulgare var. dulce. Bitter fennel seed oil is made from F. vulgare subsp. piperitum. Both types of fennel seed essential oil have about the same chemical contituents; however, bitter fennel is much lower in ether.
Sweet fennel seed oil commonly contains 60 to 70% (E)-Anethole. This essential oil can be used to treat high blood pressure, bacterial infection, muscle spasms, constipation, indigestion, parasites, edema, irregular menstruation, hormone imbalance, respiratory congestion and arthritis.
It has analgesic, anti-diabetic, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-toxic, aperient, carminative, depurative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, estrogenic, expectorant, galactogogue, splenic, stimulant stomachic, tonic and vermifuge therapeutic properties.
1. Lower Blood Pressure
Add 1 drop of fennel seed essential oil to 1 1/2 teaspoons of carrier oil. Apply the blend to your chest, back of the neck, throat and shoulders to lower your blood pressure.
You can also add 1 to 2 drops to your diffuser, along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water, and practice aromatherapy to lower your blood pressure. Fennel seed essential oil has a spicy, licorice-like fragrance. Run the diffuser for no more than 60 minutes at a time.
2. Improve Heart Health and Blood Circulation
Use fennel seed oil in the same way to improve overall heart health and increase blood circulation. You can use any carrier oil you like with fennel oil.
3. Reduce Anxiety
Practice fennel seed aromatherapy to reduce anxiety. It will quickly calm and soothe feelings of anxiousness. If you suffer from anxiety while you are away from home and can’t run your diffuser, simply take a few deep inhales directly form the essential oil bottle.
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