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.
- Used for centuries in a variety of applications, fennel is known for its distinct liquorice-honey flavour.
- Stimulating, herbaceous flavour ideal for soups, salads and seasoning for savoury recipes.
- Take one drop of Fennel in water or tea instead of indulging in sweets.
- Add a toothpick’s amount to white bean dips and cucumber salads for a savoury flavour.
- Substitute Fennel oil for Fennel seeds in a cooking recipe for a more flavourful meal.
Cooking with Fennel
Essential oils are very potent compared to dry seasonings, spices, or other flavouring agents, so even the tiniest amount can add a serious blast of flavour to your dish. When using Fennel in cooking, it is best to use the toothpick method – dip the tip of a clean toothpick into the essential oil bottle and stir the toothpick into your ingredients for an authentic anise flavour! After you’ve stirred the toothpick around in the dish, do a taste test to see whether you want to add more of the oil or not.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
Food additive use: Dilute one drop in 125 ml of liquid.
Topical use: For massage, mix 5 drops with 10 ml carrier oil. For bath, mix 5 drops with 5 ml carrier oil. For perfuming, mix 1 drop to 10 drops carrier oil.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.