Fennel essential oil, known best for its digestive health components, also has other medicinal properties. It has a taste similar to licorice, and the seed is used in a variety of cooking and baking. While you might not be a fan of its licorice-like taste, you should still consider giving fennel essential oil a try, especially if you suffer from certain stomach problems. (1)
Here are 6 amazing health benefits of fennel oil:
1. Heals Wounds
Studies show that fennel oil and cinnamon oil act as natural antibiotics. Therefore, they’re possible viable methods to address some strains of bacteria. Furthermore, fennel essential oil contains certain compounds that keep wounds from becoming infected.
Additionally, fennel essential oil can speed up healing. (2) So, for example, if you’re looking to quickly heal a cut, you might consider using fennel oil.
2. Reduces and Prevents Spasms in the Gut
Stomach spasms can be painful, to say the least. Fennel oil, however, may have a relaxing effect on your body, which can help quell the pain.
In fact, research shows fennel seed oil reduces intestinal spasms of colicky infants. (3)
3. Contains Antioxidants and Antimicrobial Components
Fennel essential oil holds antimicrobial characteristics. Flavour and Fragrance Journal published a study which examined the activity of the essential oil from seeds native to Pakistan. The analysis of the fennel oil showed that there are about 23 compounds with impressive amounts of total phenolic and bioflavonoid contents.
Essentially, that means fennel oil fights free radical damage as well as provides antimicrobial activity against some strains of bacteria and pathogenic fungi. (4)
4. Relieves Gas and Constipation
While some vegetables, especially raw ones, can cause abdominal cramping, fennel and fennel essential oil may in fact do the opposite. It can help clear the bowels, relieve constipation, and help rid of gas and bloating. Furthermore, it can help eliminate the formation of additional gases and treat IBS symptoms. (5, 6)
If you suffer from gas issues, try adding one or two drops of fennel essential oil to your favorite tea.
5. May Fight Cancer
Fennel’s main volatile oil is known as anethole, which may serve as a possible cancer-fighter. It does this by inhibiting the activation of a “gene-altering inflammation-triggering molecule associated with cancer known as NF-kappaB.” (7)
6. Aids in Weight Loss
Fennel seeds have long been used during Lent and fasts to keep hunger at bay. Ingesting fennel seed essential oil can help support weight loss because it boosts your metabolism while suppressing your appetite. Fennel also has the ability to help minimize fat deposits in the bloodstream.
You can add fennel essential oil to your tea, or even try sprinkling the seeds on your salads or other dishes. (8)