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Fennel supports digestive health, staves off hunger

Sarah McCallum
The essential oil of fennel was believed to ward off evil spirits and increase courage.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — As a child, I encountered quite a bit of digestive discomfort. I tried many over-the-counter medications but nothing felt right in my body — nothing was healing.

I always wished I could be someone who was able to eat anything and feel fine.

As I entered this world of essential oils, I was immediately drawn to the types that would supposedly help calm the stomach and digestive organs.

Currently, a favorite “go to” oil for this particular ailment is fennel.

It has an intensely cooling vibration when taken internally after meals. You can also work the essential oil into some coconut oil and rub on the abdomen to start your day off balanced and clean. The aroma of fennel can smell a bit like licorice or anise, also a great aid in the digestive process.

Another powerful tool in fennel’s belt is its ability to aid in birthing and lactation by stimulating estrogen production.

Fennel is great for supporting the liver, pancreas and kidney — making it a wonderful aid in any detoxification program.

You could further that cleansing process by mixing in a bit of cypress essential oil with the fennel and massaging onto the feet or low back. It has also been known to stave off hunger, so a combination of fennel essential oil and grapefruit essential oil taken internally would be helpful during a diet regimen.

Historically, fennel was known to ward off evil spirits and increase strength and courage.

After reading all about fennel’s properties, you can imagine why it was regarded as such a powerful tonic. If you are feeling healthful and vibrant subsequently your vitality glows.

Enjoy a bit of fennel during a unique abdominal massage treatment next time. You are in for an experience you’ll never forget.

Sarah McCallum is a massage therapist at North Lake Massage & Skin Care.