Fennel Essential Oil, Sweet


Foeniculum vulgare

Medicinal use of fennel oil can be traced all the way back to the Roman empire.  Today it is used aromatically and topically to benefit many bodily systems and to boost weight loss efforts.*

Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal


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Fennel essential oil is most widely used to supplement efforts to improve digestive and weight-related health.  Consumption of fennel has been noted to support and regulate digestive functions, reducing the risk of experiencing indigestion and enhancing the body’s ability to efficiently break down foods.  This, combined with its ability to kickstart the metabolism and even curb unhealthy cravings, means that fennel essential oil can be used as a valuable supplement to weight-loss planning.*  Fennel oil is also an expectorant, which means that it can be used to break up deposits of phlegm or mucus and to reduce discomfort resulting from coughs and colds.  It also has laxative properties which, unlike chemically produced laxatives with detrimental side effects, can be used on a regular basis.  And that is only the tip of the iceberg!


  • Mix one or two drops with  glass of water or tea and drink after eating to encourage healthy digestion*
  • Apply to open wounds to promote rapid healing and reduce the risk of infection
  • Add a drop or two to a meal to create a memorable flavor

Directions for Use

  • Aromatic: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Topical: Apply one to two drops to desired area; dilute with a carrier oil minimize the risk of irritation.
  • Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid, or take several drops in a veggie capsule.

Primary Benefits

  • Can improve digestive processes*
  • Can remove unhealthy toxins and excessive production of natural hormones from the body*
  • Can be used to alleviate respiratory and congestive symptoms of coughs and colds

Aromatic Description

  • Sweet, licorice

Collection Method

  • Steam distillation

Plant Part

  • Seed

Main Constituents

  • Alpha-pinene, eta-anethole, fenchol


Fennel essential oil may boost the production of estrogen, and should not be consumed breastfeeding or pregnant women.  Anyone with a history of epilepsy should avoid using fennel oil as well.  The use of essential oils should not be substituted for any prescribed medication for any medical condition, and should not be used against the advice of a medical practitioner.