Sweet Fennel-- (Foeniculum vulgare) is a very stimulating oil, increasing milk flow for nursing mothers, reducing menopausal symptoms and cellulite, and regulating menses Fennel has a licorice scent that enhances estrogenic qualities in women. It reduces skeletal muscle spasm, burping, abdominal cramps, constipation, asthma and bronchitis. The energy of fennel aids digestion and appetite. I use fennel to strengthen the adrenals in the Strengthen the Back blend. Blend it with Sweet orange, Lemon and Lemongrass, spicy essential oils, such as Cardamom and Coriander, Lime and Tangerine. Steam distillation of the crushed seeds produces the essential oil.
Dilute2 drops in 1 cup of water or 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Fennel is not recommended for pregnant women. During lactation, it can be helpful to stimulate milk flow as a compress.