We often think of fennel with applications to the dinner plate. With its distinctive spiciness that adds a kick to any dish fennel has many uses outside of the culinary world. In fact fennel can be used to help heal the body externally as well. In essential oils it blends well with lavender and sandalwood. As a perfume is has similar tones to aniseed, a licorice influence that it adds another dimension to any scent that it’s added to. Fennel’s fragrance is thought to have restorative and cleansing qualities and is both purifying and invigorating. Fennel can be used for natural skin care and can help bring some life back into a dull complexion. It also helps improve circulation and relieve the symptoms of rheumatism and edema. It also helps in the relief of bronchitis, constipation and nausea.