Fennel

CODE: 247

CHF 12.65

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Latin name : Foeniculum vugalre var dulce
French names : Fenouil doux, Fenouil officinal, Fenouil commun
Other English names : Fennel
Extracted from : ground mature seeds 
 
  • Culinary surprise: Cherry pie with fennel, indeed. Yours may not be the first eyebrow to rise at that name. However, coat the cherries with 3 drops of fennel on your fingers before cooking them.
  • Difficulty understanding maternity? A calm moment alone in a room with fennel. This oil performs magic on new mothers. Not only does it help develop the maternal instinct, but it also enhances acceptation and reduces frustration. Also excellent when we tend to reject ourselves or be ashamed of our feelings. Do this little ritual every day for a few weeks and see the relationship grow. 
 
Airy and light, made of thin leaves, Sweet fennel dances in the wind and reminds us of fine lace.
 
But let's have a closer look and especially closer to the ground. It has a solid and fleshy base; a plump bulge that makes you think "This plant is strongly grounded despite its airy aspects". Smell Gedane's Fennel oil and you will be surprised that despite all the feminine symbolism to which it is attached, a rooty, earthy background remains.
 
Sweet fennel is an Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) perennial or biennial. It can grow up to 60 cm while its twin, the Common Fennel, can go up to 2.5 meters high. From a deep root and generally in tow pieces, it makes a reasonable bulge in the ground. However, this is not a bulb like onions. Just a nice bulge.
 
This is the part that is most often eaten in Europe, although the leaves and seeds are edible. In medicine, it is usually the seeds that are used. Ayurvedic medicine, like Indian food, is absolutely fond of it.
 
The seeds come after a yellow and cheerful flowering. Star-like umbels decorate the rather sharp foliage towards the end of the summer. They are made of umbels, quite distinct, giving them the appearance of small constellations.
 
Its main molecule, trans-anethole, has got "magic" properties. You surely already know ouzo, pastis and absinthe. Well it is the trans-anethole which clouds the water you pour onto these alcohols. The same thing happens with the essential oil of sweet fennel. Try and impress your audience with a drop of Fennel essential oil in cherry syrup. Add a little bit of water and stir.
 
In a garden, it is interesting to know its symbioses.
 
Indeed, it is great to repel slugs, but you should leave some space between fennel and some plants with which the interaction is too strong, like tomatoes, peppers (Solanaceae) and beans (Fabaceae), coriander (Apiaceae) and strawberry (rosacea). Although, it goes very well other types of celery (Apiaceae) and leek (aliaceae). It shows signs of co-stimulation with mint and sage (Lamiaceae). Used together, they repel caterpillars and butterflies away from cabbage.
 
Let's just appreciate its rather strong feminine energy, its powerfully-set sweetness.
 
Helps objectivity and confers discernment.
Appeases aggression from other people.
Helps to reduce the impact of emotions on daily capacities.
Helps to find joy and happiness when it's buried deep under feelings of guilt.
Enables you not to reject yourself when angry for own behaviour.
Acceptance of maternity.
 
Carminatif, Facilite l’expulsion de gaz intestinaux
Digestif, Apéritif
Galactogène, Stimulateur de la sécrétion lactée
Emménagogue, Stimule l’arrivée des règles
Tonifiant, Tonique, Stimulant
Cardiotonique
Régulateur cardiaque
Spasmolytique, Antispasmodique
Antiparasitaire, Vermifuge
Rééquilibrant de la flore intestinale
Diurétique
Splénotonique, Tonique de la Rate
Douleurs et crampes de menstruations, Syndrome prémenstruel
Ballonnements, Gaz intestinaux, Crampes intestinales
Digestion lourde, Indigestion, Repas copieux, Manque d’appétit
Manque de lait, Montée de lait insuffisante
Aménorrhée, Manque de règles
Fatigue générale, Coup de pompe, Surmenage
Fatigue cardiaque, Effort trop soutenu
Palpitations cardiaques, Troubles du rythme cardiaque
Parasites intestinaux, Vers intestinaux, Amibiase, Ascaridiase, Oxyurose
Dysbiose intestinale, Déséquilibre de la flore intestinale
Infections digestives, Grippe intestinale, Gastro-entérite, Turista, Choléra

Calms Vata when too many ideas paralyse the action.
Increases Pitta and its relevantness..
Diminishes Kapha's slowness

Phenol methyl ethers (trans-anethole to 80%, methyl ether chavicol (= estragole) 2-5%, 0.1-0.5% cis-anethole)
Monoterpenes (3-30% limonene, alpha-phellandrene 0-8%, 0-6% alpha-pinene)
Oxides (1,8-cineole from 0 to 6.5%)
Monoterpene ketones (fenchone 2-5%, sometimes up to 15%, camphor (= borneone) trace-0, 3%, 0-1% d-carvone)
Monoterpene alcohols (fenchol 0.3 to 3.5%)
Pyranocoumarines in some lots (traces of umbelliferone, asculetine and seseline)
Furanocoumarins in some lots (traces of bergapten, traces of
psoralen)

        Batch FNL2001 (PDF, 623Ko, French)
Very slightly neurotoxic and epileptogenic (fenchone). Batches with more than 10% of fenchone should be considered mildly neurotoxic and epileptogenic.
Some batches may prove photosensitising. Gedane test all batches individually (see below).
It is widely advised not to use this essential oil in case of serious liver disorder.
Children and pregnant women: never use internally or apply on skin.
Its oestrogene-like properties make it generally contraindicated in case of endometriosis, breast cancer, thelarche or gynecomastia.
Keep out of reach of children.
 
Note concerning breastfeeding: Cis-anethol goes partly into breast milk with relative toxicity; there is an equal quantity of cis-anethole in the essential oil and in anise syrup.
 
 
About photosensitisation : We test all our batches individually for photosensitisation.
 
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