A pale yellow oil with a sweet, aniseed odour.
Not to be confused with Bitter Fennel, which should not be used in aromatherapy.
This oil is distilled from seeds selected from several East European countries.
Its main use outside aromatherapy is in flavourings for aniseed-type liquors, particularly in France.
Sweet Fennel, in the form of fennel tea, has long been used to reduce bloating and improve digestion.
Try the following massage blend: 2 drops of Sweet Fennel, 1 drop of Bergamot and 1 drop of Lavender blended in 10ml of Sweet Almond oil.
Massage into the abdomen, using clockwise strokes.
Try soaking in a warm bath containing 1 drop of Sweet Fennel, 1 drop of Cypress and 3 drops of Patchouli, all diluted in a teaspoon of Peach Kernel oil, after a long session at the gym or to improve the appearance of cellulite.
Not to be used during pregnancy, by epileptics or those with high blood pressure.
Use in moderation at all times.