Fennel Seed Oil

Fennel seed oil

What is Fennel seed oil?

Fennel seed oil of fennel is obtained through the steam distillation of crushed fennel seeds, an herb which bears the scientific name of Foeniculum vulgare. Fennel seeds have been in use in culinary applications and as a mouth freshener since ancient times.

Properties

They are also widely used for medicinal purposes. These medicinal properties come from the various components of the essential oil of fennel, including alpha-pinene, anisic aldehyde, cineole, fenchone, limonene, myrcene, methyl chavicol, and trans-anethole. The health benefits of Fennel essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactagogue, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, splenic, tonic, and a vermifuge substance.

Precaution

An organic component called trans-anethole, present in fennel essential oil boosts the production of the estrogen hormone. Although this is beneficial for lactating mothers, it is harmful to pregnant women and women with breast or uterine cancer or tumor, since excess estrogen is the main cause of such cancers. In heavy doses, it may have narcotic effects and can result in convulsions, hallucinations, and mental imbalance. People suffering from epilepsy or with a history of that condition should avoid using fennel essential oil.

Benefits

Heals Wounds

The essential oil of fennel has certain compounds which contribute to its antiseptic properties. By virtue of this property, fennel oil can protect wounds from becoming septic.

Relieves Spasms

Spasms can be fatal if not treated properly. Spasms are unwanted and abnormal contractions in respiratory tracts, intestines, muscles, or nerves, resulting in continuous coughing, hiccups, acute pain and pulling sensation in the intestines, cramps, muscle pulls, convulsions, or epileptic attacks.

Smoothens Bowel Movements

Aperitif is a similar property to purgative, but a little milder. An aperitif acts more on the intestinal peristaltic motion, rather than by adding to the bulk of bowel. Fennel oil can help to clear the bowels and cure constipation.

Carminative

As a carminative, fennel oil makes gases escape from intestines and can give a person immense relief from problems such as indigestion, restlessness, pain in the abdomen, stomach, and chest, as well as lessen hypertension. It also has another benefit of not letting additional gases form. It is very good for people with chronic gas trouble.

Kills Worms

Fennel oil is an effective worm destroyer. It kills the worms and their spores in the intestines and the excretory tracts. This is great for children, who frequently suffer from parasitic worms, and can prevent malnourishment or stunted growth.

Stimulates Urination

Fennel oil increases the frequency of urination and the quantity of urine, thus helping not only remove excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts, and other toxic elements from the body but also lowering blood pressure, cleansing the kidneys and reducing fat.

Emmenagogue

Women who have problems with irregular, obstructed or painful menstruation can benefit from the emmenagogue property of fennel oil. Not only does it help to clear obstructed menses and make them regular, it also gives relief from the other symptoms associated with periods such as headaches, pain in the abdominal area, dizziness, and mood swings. It also helps to prevent untimely or premature menopause.

Promotes Lactation

This oil can play an important role for lactating mothers. It can increase the amount of milk in them by boosting production of a hormone called estrogen. This benefits the baby as well as the mother. This milk also inherits some of the carminative and digestive properties of fennel oil and protects the baby from flatulence, indigestion, and gas, which are very common in infants.

Laxative

Fennel oil is a good laxative and benefits in both chronic and acute constipation. However, unlike synthetic laxatives, it has no side effects and can be used regularly.

Acts as Stimulant

Fennel oil acts as an emmenagogue, galactagogue, and diuretic due to a single property, which is its stimulating quality. Being a stimulant, it promotes all the activities going on inside the body.

Keeps Stomach Healthy

Being a stomachic simply means being a protector of the stomach. Fennel oil helps keep the stomach healthy and functioning properly and maintains the normal function of all the secretions of digestive acids and bile.

Healthy Spleen

Just as stomachic means something is good for the stomach, splenic means something that is good for the spleen. The spleen plays a vital role in our body as it is involved in the production of lymphocytes and red blood cells.

Tonic Effect

This means an agent which tones and boosts health. Fennel oil works as a tonic by toning all the systems that function in the body, such as the respiratory, digestive, nervous and excretory systems, while also facilitating the absorption of nutrients in the body, thereby increasing strength and boosting immunity.

Side effects

For the most part, there is not enough evidence to know whether it is safe for adults when used in medicinal amounts. Some people can have allergic skin reactions to fennel. People who are allergic to plants such as celery, carrot, and mugwort are more likely to also be allergic to fennel. Fennel can also make skin extra sensitive to sunlight and make it easier to get a sunburn. Wear sunblock if you are light-skinned.