Highlight Fennel Herb and Oil

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Fennel is a beautiful perennial plant with 4–5 hollow stems divided feathery foliage

Fennel is a cooling spice with a nutty, sweet flavor reminiscent of licorice or anise, and its strong, slightly sweet fragrance, extremely good for digestion. It acts as a general toner for the digestive system, and is particularly good for enhancing agni, the digestive fire, without aggravating Pitta. Its sattvic qualities refresh the mind and promote mental alertness. Historically, the fennel herb was used for a variety of purposes.

Benefits of Fennel

  • A digestive aid – strengthens agni
  • Freshens breath
  • Soothes the throat
  • Promotes milk production in nursing mothers
  • Fennel seeds were even chewed by early American Puritans to dull hunger pangs during church services
  • Helpful for anyone experiencing post-digestive discomfort from excess vata by redirecting apana vayu.

Recipe: Roasted Fennel, Onion & Potato Soup

VPK- (balancing for Vata, Pitta and Kapha)

  • 2 fennel bulbs, white parts only, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup roughly chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp good oil (such as sesame oil, olive oil, or ghee)
  • 1 tbsp ghee (or butter)
  • 1 tsp good oil
  • 2 leeks, white parts only, sliced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place fennel bulbs in a baking pan, drizzle with 1 tbsp oil, and toss to coat. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until softened. Remove from oven and set aside. In a large saucepan on medium, heat ghee and 1 tsp oil. Add leeks and sauté for 4 minutes, then add garlic and sauce for 1 minute before adding stock, potatoes, and roasted fennel and onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until potatoes are soft. Remove from heat and let cool. With a hand-held blender or in a food processor, puree until smooth (be careful when blending hot liquids). Stir in yogurt, season to taste, and serve.
Makes 6-8 servings.

{To make vegan, replace ghee with oil and omit yogurt.}


 

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doTERRA Essential Oil

Description

Fennel can grow up to six feet in height and has delicate, feathery leaves. The history of Fennel use dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to promote healthy digestion is equally noteworthy.* Fennel may help support the health of the lungs and respiratory tract and can be added to water or tea to help fight sweet tooth cravings.* Fennel is also known for its ability to promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation.*

Uses

  • Take internally to support healthy respiratory function.*
  • Put a drop of Fennel in water or tea to help fight sweet tooth cravings.*
  • Add 1–2 drops in a veggie capsule to promote digestion.*

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes healthy digestion*
  • Supports a healthy respiratory system*
  • May help promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation*

Emotional Benefits ~ “The Oil of Responsibility”

Fennel is the oil of responsibility it supports the individual who has a weakened sense of self. Fennel teaches that life is not to much and no problem is to big to handle. Fennel teaches individuals to live with integrity with themselves.

Fennel reestablishes a strong connection to the body and the self.  Fennel Supports an individual in listening to the subtle messages of the body . (this is important in situations where there has been a loss of connection to the body natural signals – resulting from emotional eating, severe dieting, eating disorders and drug abuse). Fennel ignites the hunger for life and the beautiful experiences it has to offer.

Diffuser Recipe

3 drops doTERRA Fennel
2 drops doTERRA Basil
2 drops doTERRA Lime

 

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