Fennel has properties similar to those of aniseed, so that it is frequently used to treat colic and flatulence. It is also a mild natural laxative. It is credited with an action similar to oestrogen and is thought to stimulate milk production in nursing mothers. This action also indicates fennel in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. As a mild diuretic, it slows the build-up of toxic waste, which is a causative factor in gout and liver problems. Fennel is also suitable for children’s complaints.
Avoid use on sensitive skin or prior to exposure to sun. It should not be used by epileptics or pregnant women. Bitter fennel oil can be dangerous and is best used only by a trained aromatherapist.
Geranium is an excellent ‘all-round’ oil, with a wide range of uses, particularly for menopausal problems and pre-menstrual tension. Its diuretic quality makes it a wise choice for fluid retention, and cellulites and mastitis often respond will to it. For skin conditions and emotional disorders, it is a popular choice in the bath and in massage oil. Serious skin conditions often respond to its antiseptic and antifungal qualities.
CAUTION : generally non-toxic and non-irritant, it may cause contact dermatistis in hypersensitive individuals
Because jasmine is so costly, it is not much used in home aromatherapy, but like all essential oils it does have therapeutic used. Its heady, uplifting scent makes it useful in the treatment of stress related illnesses. It also has a smoothing effect on skin and is a valuable component in skin care preparations. It also seems to have a regulating effect on the menstrual cycle, and has been successfully used for throat problems, coughs and catarrh. However, as there are many less expensive oils that will perform these functions, jasmine’s main use is as a fragrance ingredient in perfumes.
Although non-toxic and non-irritant, it has, on occasion, caused an allergic reaction.