Sweet Fennel (foeniculum vulgare var. dulce) is not to be confused with Bitter Fennel, the latter of which should not be used in aromatherapy. Traditionally used for obstructions of the kidneys, spleen, liver, gall bladder, and digestive complaints, constipation, obesity, water retention, insufficient milk in nursing mothers. A stimulant to the circulatory system. Current in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, used for conjunctivitis, blepharitis, and pharyngitis.
Aromatherapy/Home Use example:
To reduce the appearance of cellulite, add 4 drops Sweet Fennel, 3 drops Lemon, and 3 drops Rosemary in 20ml carrier oil and massage vigorously into affected areas.
Safety: Use in moderation, narcotic in large doses. Do not use during pregnancy or if you suffer epilepsy or high blood pressure.