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Fennel is well known in most of the world for its use in cuisine, which utilizes all parts of the plant. Medicinally it has a history of promoting lactation being an antibacterial, anti—fungal, anti—inflammatory, antiseptic, and diuretic.
Benefits of using the essential oil include aiding bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. Fennel may be added to a blend with carrier oil and massaged into the congested area. The ancient Greeks thought it conveyed long life, courage, and strength. Their name for fennel was marathrion from maraino, meaning “to grow thin”. Fennel’s ability to stave off hunger was employed during fasting days in Europe. Because of this it is thought to be a natural appetite suppressant, making it useful in the diet industry.
Note: Although remedial, people with major health ailments like cancer, or epilepsy should avoid use. Non—toxic, non—irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals. Not to be used while pregnant.