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Latin Name:  Foeniculum vulgare Miller, ssp. piperitum, fam. Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Part of Plant:  Seed

Country of Origin: Egypt

Method of Production:  Steam Distillation

Foeniculum vulgare, also known as Sweet Fennel, is a member of the Apiaceae (formerly Umbelliferae) botanical family.  It is a perennial flowering herb with feathery leaves that is native to the Mediterranean.  Fennel produces seeds that are commonly used to season foods and are popular in Italian and Indian dishes.  The seeds are also used to produce essential oil through the process of steam distillation.  


Sweet Fennel essential oil has a warm, licorice or anise-like scent that blends well with other spice oils.  It is commonly blended with oils like Peppermint and Cardamom and diffused for a stimulating aroma to help get through the afternoon slump.  Also, try blending with Geranium, Lavender, and Clary Sage, and properly dilute for a comforting women’s massage blend.


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Dermal Max: 2.5% 

Do not use with anyone who is pregnant, nursing, has endometriosis, estrogen-dependent cancers, or with children under five.  Some sources also suggest that it should not be used by epileptics.  Possible drug interaction; potentially carcinogenic; may inhibit blood clotting; possible skin sensitization if oxidized.  Use caution in certain instances with anyone who is taking diabetes medication, has a peptic ulcer, has any bleeding disorder, taking blood thinners, or near surgery.  If under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone



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