How to Use Fennel Essential Oil

Physical benefits of fennel essential oil

Fennel essential oil is a favorite to support a healthy digestive system and detoxification. Part of its ability to support a healthy gut comes from its high antioxidant activity and antimicrobial effects. Fennel helps soothe an upset stomach by reducing bloating and calming nausea while supporting healthy bacterial flora.*

Fennel essential oil has a mild estrogenic effect on the body. Many women find the use of fennel oil helpful in the first half (follicular) phase of their cycle to balance hormones and support fertility. Lactating women have also used fennel essential oil to support healthy breast milk supply. Due to these hormone properties, fennel should be avoided during pregnancy.*

Because synthetic estrogens are rampant in our environment and fennel oil targets estrogen receptors, it will support the natural detoxing properties to cleanse harmful estrogens from our cells. Both men and women can benefit from the hormone cleansing properties of this oil.*

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Emotional benefits of fennel essential oil

Fennel oil calms a nervous stomach and may provide benefit for anyone who holds anxiety or stress in their digestive tract. Hormones strongly affect emotional health for both men and women. Imbalances in estrogen can leave men feeling frustrated, angry, anxious, and unmotivated. For women, imbalances in estrogen can cause increased premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, fatigue, anxiety, and irritability. Fennel essential oil releases both physical and emotional stagnation to inspire new direction and newfound clarity.*

*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.

Fennel essential oil research articles:

A study on fennel essential oil shows benefits as dietary supplement for quail egg production

Çabuk M, Eratak S, Alçicek A, Bozkurt M. Effects of herbal essential oil mixture as a dietary supplement on egg production in quail. ScientificWorldJournal. 2014 Jan 23;2014:573470. doi: 10.1155/2014/573470. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24587729; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3921972


A study demonstrates fennel essential oil active against candida albicans

Piras A, Falconieri D, Porcedda S, Marongiu B, Gonçalves MJ, Cavaleiro C, Salgueiro L. Supercritical CO₂ extraction of volatile oils from Sardinian Foeniculum vulgare ssp. vulgare (Apiaceae): chemical composition and biological activity. Nat Prod Res. 2014;28(21):1819-25. doi: 10.1080/14786419.2014.948874. Epub 2014 Aug 12. PubMed PMID: 25115687


This study illustrates fennel oil more effective agent against food storage fungi than synthetic preservatives

Gemeda N, Woldeamanuel Y, Asrat D, Debella A. Effect of essential oils on Aspergillus spore germination, growth and mycotoxin production: a potential source of botanical food preservative. Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2014 May;4(Suppl 1):S373-81. doi: 10.12980/APJTB.4.2014C857. PubMed PMID: 25183114; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4025292


Study finds fennel oil holds promising anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties

Mesfin M, Asres K, Shibeshi W. Evaluation of anxiolytic activity of the essential oil of the aerial part of Foeniculum vulgare Miller in mice. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Aug 23;14:310. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-310. PubMed PMID: 25149087; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4156641

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