///Sweet Fennel Essential Oil
Sweet Fennel Essential Oil2016-12-22T19:41:02+00:00

Project Description

Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var dulce)

Earth (Metal)

It’s that time of year, transitioning from Earth to Metal in the Northern Hemisphere, a good time to clean out the digestive tract and let-go of that which is no longer necessary or helpful to us. So I have chosen to write about Fennel, an oil that makes the transition from Earth to Metal, with its actions on the digestive tract and the upper respiratory system and its ability to help us assimilate feelings and clarify thought.

Physical and energetic description.

Fennel is a hardy perennial or biennial herb. It has soft, green, ferny leaves and umbrels of yellow flowers. It is native to the shores of the Mediterranean but is now widely cultivated. Sweet or garden fennel is used in aromatherapy as the bitter or common fennel has a high level of the potentially harmful ketone, fenchone.

Traditionally it has been used as a culinary herb, but the Greeks also used it as a diuretic for slimming and Olympic athletes ate it to promote strength; in Europe it was hung over cottage doors as protection from witchcraft. Fennel was known as an antidote to all sorts of poisons and snakes were said to rub against it to improve their eyesight. Maybe because of its antitoxic properties it was said to give courage, strength and longevity.

It is a warm dry oil that has great affinity with the female reproductive system and the energy of nurture and care. It is good for those who over-think and worry about the welfare of others and is helpful in finding ways to express the caring nature constructively. ‘It helps us to find constructive outlets for the active mind’ (Mojay).


Physical uses

  • Phantom pregnancy
  • Problems with lactation
  • Intestinal gas, spasmodic colic,
  • constipation
  • To regulate hormonal cycles,
  • unpredictable behaviour around seasons
  • Urinary infections,
  • fluid retention
  • Antitoxic
  • Arthritis and similar conditions

Emotional uses

  • Anxiety-related obsessive behaviours
  • Over or under active nurture impulse
  • Those who worry about others or seek constant reassurance
  • Inappropriate vocalisation
  • Poor social skills
  • Obsessive barking

Principal Actions

Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cardio-tonic, carminative, cholagogic, circulatory stimulant, decongestant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogic, hormone-like, lactogenic, laxative, litholytic, oestrogen–like, respiratory tonic (rapid breathing).


Moderately irritating, use in high
dilutions. Do not use during pregnancy or for young animals or at the same time as other hormone treatment.

Think ‘Sweet Fennel’ for:

Emotionally insecure animals who are over-concerned with others, especially if there is a history of digestive upsets, flatulence, hormonal imbalance or fluid retention

Obsessive anxiety
Tumours and soft lumps, especially mammary


  1. […] Sweet Fennel bridges the Traditional Chinese Medicine seasons of Late Summer and Autumn (Fall). The sweet yet pungent fragrance, tell us that Sweet Fennel belongs to Earth and Metal, governors of those seasons. Traditionally used as a digestive aid, working on the stomach and large intestine, Sweet Fennel also helps to clarify mental confusion, let-go of obsessive behaviour and to express yourself clearly. Late summer is the time for integrating lessons learnt over the fruitful summer time and Autumn is the time for letting go of that which is no longer serving you, Sweet fennel is the oil to support this transition. Read the full profile of Sweet Fennel here […]

  2. kitty-and-I July 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    amazing i put a fennel tea bag somewhere near my cat and she
    went to it and smelled it which is the most rare thing for her
    to do (super snob :D)
    she suffers from anxiety as she is adopted

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