Fennel Essential Oil (Foeniculum vulgare)


Fennel may also be referred to as Fennel, Sweet fennel, Bitter fennel, Fennel bitter, Wild fennel, Florence fennel, Finocchio,. It is typically processed in India, China, and Bulgaria using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the seeds.


Fennel oil comes from the seeds of the Foeniculum vulgare plant. It is a flowering plant species in the carrot family. It us a highly aromatic and flavorful herb used in cooking. It has an earthy, herby, spicy scent along with a similar-taste to aniseed or licorice. It has a diuretic and stimulating effect.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Earthy Exotic Green Pungent Strong Sweet

  • Common Name(s): Fennel, Sweet fennel, Bitter fennel, Fennel bitter, Wild fennel, Florence fennel, Finocchio,
  • Botanical Family: Apiaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Foeniculum
  • Chemical Family: Ethers
  • Perfumery Note: Middle/Top
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Countries of Production: India, China, and Bulgaria
  • Indigenous Country: Hungary, Tasmania, or Spain
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Seeds
  • Shelf Life: 5 - 6 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan
  • Not Pregnancy Safe Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
  • Not Child Safe Not recommend or safe for children

Essential Details

Usage Tips:

Usage tips for Fennel:

Mix 2 drops of Sweet Fennel with 2 drops Carrot Seed in 2 tablespoons of your favorite Plant Therapy carrier oil; massage on the abdomen to help relieve menstrual discomfort.

During times of high stress, diffuse 2 drops of Sweet Fennel with 2 drops of Rosemary in your favorite aromatherapy diffuser, personal inhaler, or diffuser necklace to uplift and revitalize the mind.

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Fennel:

Fennel oil can have a narcotic effect. Fennel may induce periods in menopausal women. Women with breast or uterine cancer should avoid fennel. People who are allergic to carrots, celery or mugwort may have an adverse reaction when using fennel. Fennel may induce nausea and vomiting, fluid in the lungs and may cause sensitivity to sunlight.

Safety Precautions for Fennel:

Fennel essential oil is has a high percentage of the ether trans-anethole, which is estrogenic and the ketone fenchone. This oil should be used only for the short term. Not with kids under five, pregnant or breastfeeding mommas. Use in a low dilution

Contraindications of Fennel:

Fennel (Sweet) is estrogenic and therefore should not be used in pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis and estrogen-sensitive cancers.


History of Fennel:

Fennel was prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans who used it as medicine, food, and insect repellent.

Traditional Folklore

Traditional Folklore of Fennel:

A fennel tea was believed to give courage to the warriors prior to battle. According to Greek mythology, Prometheus used a giant stalk of fennel to carry fire from Mount Olympus to Earth.


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