Fennel Seed Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine
Common Name: Sweet Fennel
Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgaris
Pin Yin Name: Xiǎo huì xiāng
Main Acupressure Channels Activated by Fennel Essential Oil:
Benefits of Fennel Essential Oils in Chinese Medicine
Indian restaurants often have a bowl of fennel seeds and mints at the checkout counter; this is to ensure that a heavy meal is well-digested. Aiding digestion by Warming the Stomach, but there are many other benefits of fennel essential oil. One important attribute of fennel is its ability to stimulate proper fluid metabolism in the body; it is therefore beneficial when addressing conditions such as gout, cellulite, cystitis, and lymphatic congestion.
Fennel is typically employed to combat chronic, weak conditions making it invaluable for aging. It can warm the uterus when applied topically to the lower abdomen for women’s issues such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and unexplained infertility. Fennel is a mild analgesic and is anti-inflammatory; it helps to relax muscle spasms and nerve tension causing pain. It also stimulates lactation in cases of insufficient breast milk or mastitis. Fennel even possesses anti-fungal qualities and is an effective decongestant.
Properties: Warm, spicy, sweet, dry
Nature: Circulating, harmonizing, relaxing, aware, instinctive, clear, confident, motivating, persevering, courageous, reliable, assertive, active, creative, witty, rational, productive, cleansing
Diseases, Emotional Imbalances, and Pain Syndromes Treated with Fennel Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each energetic organ system is assigned to one of the Five Elements. Each element has both physical and emotional symptoms that would indicate imbalances in one or more of the related organ systems. Learn more about the Five Elements here!
Water Element Energetic Organ Systems: Kidney, Urinary Bladder
- Kidney Yang Deficiency
- Chronic lower back pain due to Kidney Deficiency
- Lower back weakness
- Ankle Edema
- Lack of sexual desire
- Poor hearing
Wood Element Energetic Organ Systems: Liver, Gallbladder
Fire Element Energetic Organ Systems: Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, San Jiao
- Cardiac weakness
Earth Element Energetic Organ Systems: Spleen, Stomach
- Fullness after meals from food stagnation
- Lack of appetite
- Stomach pain improved with topical heat
- Sharp stomach pain due to Coldness and Blood Stagnation
- Inability to digest proteins and fats
Metal Element Energetic Organ Systems: Lung, Large Intestine
- Cough with clear or white copious phlegm
Plant description: Hardy perennial or biennial with feather-like, anise scented leaves that easily grown from seed.
Part used: Seed
Safety and Contraindications
- No known cumulative toxicity used topically
- Dilute to 4% so not to irritate the skin
- Recommendations for topical use only
- Pregnant or nursing women and children-infants should only use essential oils under the guidance of their local practitioner
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