You will instantly recognize the aroma of sweet fennel—black licorice—and you can use the oil in cooking to impart that distinct flavor! But sweet fennel is best known for its ability to calm digestive issues. Massage it onto your stomach to provide relief, or add a couple of drops to water or tea and drink it to soothe an upset stomach. Sweet fennel has also been used for upper respiratory tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, cholera, backache, bedwetting, and visual problems.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Seeds
Botanical Family: Apiaceae (Umberlliferae)
Chemical Family: Ethers
Country of Origin: Hungary
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Earthy, Fresh, Spicy, Sweet, Warm and Radiant
Note Classification: Middle



Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Calms and encourages freely being able to articulate and communicate effectively
  • Helps to decongest the mind
  • Encourages confident self expression

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Antispasmodic—Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Emmenagogue—Helps promote and regulate menstruation.
  • Expectorant —Promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs and throat.
  • Tonic— An agent that strengthens and improves bodily performance.


Back Pain: Blend 4 drops fennel, 2 drops black pepper and 3 drops mastic with 1 oz. of carrier oil. Massage into back area to relieve pain.

Chest Cold: Blend 4 drops fennel, 2 drops black pepper and 3 drops patchouli with 1 oz. of carrier oil. Massage into chest and upper back area to relieve cough.

Cooking: Add a savory, strong flavor to a variety of dishes. If you want to add the flavor of fennel in your cooking, add a toothpick’s amount to homemade sausage or soup for an authentic anise flavor.

Diffuser: Diffusing fennel can help give you the focus and boost needed to get things done.

Digestive Calming Tea: Mix a toothpick amount of fennel into desired amount of honey. Add to 1 cup of warm peppermint, ginger or chamomile herbal tea.

Digestive Upset: Calm digestive issues. See recipe in recipes tab.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.


Calming Belly Blend

 4 drops fennel

2 drops ginger

2 drops cardamom

1 drops black pepper

3 drops orange

1 oz. lotion

Directions: In a 1 oz. jar, combine all ingredients. Massage into belly as needed.



To be used only for the short term, and at a maximum of 2.5%. Contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Not advisable to use during labor, especially if it is progressing slowly. Prone to oxidation. If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children.  Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.


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