Generally thought of when making salads or meat dishes, Fennel has several benefits other than just tasting great. It is the perfect essential oil to add to your basket in January given its detoxifying effects. You know how the holidays are. You over-spend. Over-eat. Over-drink. And then January rolls around and you’re left feeling miserable. Every year we say it’s going to be different, but things never change. Although Fennel can’t help you in the over-spending category, it can with the latter two. Fennel is rich in phytoestrogens (a plant based chemical that mimics estrogen produced by humans), which among other things helps suppress appetite, improve the digestive system and aid the liver.
To support the liver and help relieve mild cramps, you can gently massage 1-2 drops of diluted Fennel Essential Oil into the reflex points of your feet, lower stomach and/or back. You can dilute the oil by mixing it with 1 tsp. of your favorite carrier oil. I recommend almond or grapeseed!
January is also a time where cold and flu bugs rear their ugly heads. Just as you’re getting past the chaos of the holidays, you have to start worrying about your kids, your spouse and eventually you, getting sick. You may be surprised to hear that fennel is used in many cough remedies because of its effect on respiratory congestion. Fennel can literally help you breathe easier!
Although fennel isn’t a cure or replacement for taking care of your mind and body, it’s certainly a beneficial addition to your arsenal this month and all year long.