Jojoba Oil


Peek-a-boo!!! It’s Jojoba this time and it is here to reveal your natural beauty, hidden in the rear of your pimples, wrinkles, blackheads, sunburns, scars, microbial infections, skin pigmentation, psoriasis, cellular damages, dandruff, rough hair, chapped lips, and the list that never ends as you know.Jojoba-bannerThis is mainly due to the fact, “Jojoba oil is similar in structure to our natural sebum and such wonder plants used in natural cosmetics actually mimic the skin’s own functions,” quotes the book, ‘The New Age Herbalist – How to use herbs for healing, nutrition, body care and relaxation’ by Richard Mabey and Anne McIntyre.

Trust me; Nature is extraordinarily miraculous in bestowing spectacular souvenirs like Jojoba, which is a woody evergreen shrub that grows in drought and scorching desert conditions. Bearing all the blistering heat around, Jojoba oil still enriches us with its enormous moisturizing and cooling attributes.

Pronounced as ho-ho-ba, Jojoba oil is indeed a fluid plant wax that has replaced animal wax or whale oil since 1971 in the United States and across the world in the production of soaps, skin care creams, moisturizers, shampoos and an extensive range of cosmetics.

Jojoba is used in various Complementary and Alternative Medicinal Practices including Ayurveda, especially in Abhyanga or the art of Ayurvedic massaging for ultimate relief and comfort from various ailments. Jojoba oil has the potent to balance vata, pitta and kapha doshas and is helpful in treating dry skin complaints, acne-prone skin problems and inflammatory conditions.

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Therapeutic properties and chemical constituents of Jojoba oil:

Jojoba oil has fatty acids including ferulic acid, docosenoic acid, 11-Eicosenoic acid, oleic acid, docosdienoic acid, palmitoleic acid, erucic acid and 9-Godoelic acid.

It has a rich presence of skin-nourishing nutrients like Vitamin E, copper, selenium, zinc, chromium, silicon, B-complex and iodine (82 per cent of this magical ingredient grants Jojoba the power to cure).

The superior emollient quality of Jojoba oil is attributed by the two inherent properties in Jojoba oil, namely “unbranched liquid wax esters formed from unbranched Omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acids and unbranched Omega-9 monounsaturated fatty alcohol,” says Dr. Nadim A. Shaath, in his study ‘The Wonders of Jojoba.’

Remedial values that make Jojoba the best among all the enriching massage oils are anti-inflammatory, emollient, moisturizing, cicatrisant, antioxidant, anti-degenerative, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, moisturizing, anti-acne, anti-dandruff and anti-aging.

Historical uses and importance of Jojoba oil:

Simmondsia chinensis is the botanical name of Jojoba, a dry perennial shrub indigenous to the Sonoran desert of Northwestern Mexico and in Southern California and Arizona. It is also grown commercially in Peru, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Israel and Egypt.

“Jojoba is the only known botanical wax, which is liquid at room temperature and an estimated 5,000 tons of Jojoba is used in personal care products manufactured around the world,” says the International Jojoba Export Council (IJEC).

Jojoba is an excellent alternative to commercial whaling and this wonder plant save the whales from being killed for ‘whale oil and spermaceti.’ IJEC says that Jojoba oil is chemically similar to whale oil and both are pure, long-chain wax esters.

The rich Jojoba oil is extracted from the crushed seeds of this shrub. Jojoba and its oil have also been in use as a promising skin conditioner, hair restorative, appetite suppressant and as a natural moisturizer.

The founder of 21 California Missions, Father Junipero Serra quotes that the Native American populace have used Jojoba for a longer period in the treatment of burns, bruises, sores, wounds, sunburn, dandruff, hair fall and inflammatory scalp conditions.

Not many people except the resident Americans along with the traditional masses of the Sonoran desert were aware about the many healing benefits of Jojoba oil. This oil was popularly known and has been used as a reliable source of antioxidant emulsions.

The first International Conference on Jojoba and its uses held at the University of Arizona in 1986 was a turning point and an eye-opener to the Jojoba revolution thereafter.

The ban on Whale oil paved way for the boom of Jojoba wax, which also contains wax esters like spermaceti oils. Being a polyunsaturated wax, the structure of Jojoba oil is completely contradictory from that of other vegetable oils.

“Approximately 50 per cent of the Jojoba seed is lipid, not a fat, but a liquid wax. Jojoba is the only known plant in the world to produce such a substance,” quotes Wade C and Edward F Haase. Sherbrooke in their study (University of Arizona) ‘Jojoba: A Wax – Producing Shrub of the Sonoran Desert’.

Jojoba is preferred in the skin care and cosmetic industry than other oils because natural waxes do not respond to rancidification, which is “the chemical decomposition of fats, oils and other lipids by which oils get undesirable odors and flavors and is one of the reasons why Jojoba wax is odorless.”

Ayurvedic health benefits of Jojoba oil:

Ayurveda is the pioneer and the oldest of all healing systems on earth including Homeopathy, Siddha, Unani, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic and Acupressure.

Many think that Ayurveda is a complicated medicinal practice. Believe me; no medicinal sciences on earth can be as simple as an Ayurvedic remedy.

Ayurveda is not a rocket science but is just a common sense healing methodology. The word ‘Ayur (Life) + Veda (knowledge)’ means the knowledge of life. Self-realization is the ultimate mission of Ayurvedic healing for attaining the vision of longevity and oneness with the Divine.

Ayurvedic philosophy states that health is a combination of physical, emotional and spiritual heartiness of a person.

Charaka, the most celebrated Ayurvedic philosopher and the author of Charaka Samhita, one among the three Ayurvedic encyclopedia states The three – body, psyche, and soul – act as a tripod. The world stands upon them, and within them, the world abides.”

Ayurveda never treats an illness or its symptoms, whereas it addresses every individual in a distinct manner and not just their health condition.

This is due to the fact that Ayurveda regards every person as a unique creation with a unique individual constitution known as doshas. Every human being is made up of three doshas, namely vata, pitta and kapha.

These biological energies are an arrangement of the five vital elements of Nature (Panchamahabhutas – earth, water, fire, space and air). All human beings have a combination of three doshas in a specific composition with the dominance of any one dosha.

The predominant doshic energy determines the character, physique, behavioral attributes and spiritual enlightenment of an individual.

Ayurvedic philosophy trusts that everything in this universe is a part of nature and retaining absolute balance with Nature paves way for health and disparity leads to sickness.

Ayurveda recommends herbs, Ayurvedic essential oils, Pranayama or balanced breathing, Abhyanga or the art of Ayurvedic massaging, yoga, Panchakarma or the Ayurvedic detoxification technique, simple physical exercises, Dinacharya or the Ayurvedic routine, meditation and prayers for treating doshic imbalances.

Jojoba is a pacifier and neutralizer of all the three doshas. It is many times prescribed for Abhyanga (massaging in Ayurveda), which is maneuvering of muscles and nerves with Ayurvedic oils using palms, fingers, foot, elbows and certain other conventional massaging equipments.

The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.”

Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89.

Yes! The wait is over.

Come let’s discover the many healing benefits of Jojoba oil for mankind.

Jojoba-broucher1. God of gorgeous skin: Supports skin health and called as Twachya.

The heading might sound ‘BIG’ but is not a mere exaggeration, as pure Jojoba oil has admirable and commanding qualities that protect your skin health and prevent it from various infections.

Jojoba has supernatural powers and its unique biochemical components make this oil ‘the best’ among various skin care formulations.

For its skin supporting attributes, Jojoba is beckoned as Twachya in Ayurveda.

Jojoba can be ‘everything’ to your skin and hair. It can be a promising conditioner, cleanser, moisturizer, cosmetic, softener, anti-microbial agent, anti-aging serum, softener, lip balm, sunscreen lotion, shaving gel, body lotion, safe makeup remover, detangling cream, cuticle cream, anti-acne cream, anti-dandruff lotion, hair vitalizing serum, cracked foot cream, stretch mark reducer, scar treatment, wound healer, hair thickener and much more.

Ayurveda denotes that Jojoba oil has mild, moist, cooling, light and hydrating properties that are extremely beneficial in the treatment of dry, inflamed and acne-prone skin conditions.

Jojoba oil pacifies all the three doshas and is enormously helpful for vata and pitta skin types. With its light and moisture-enhancing abilities, it is safe for kapha dosha also.

It can work as a brilliant massage oil that can assist in supporting your overall health condition. Just blend 1 ounce of Jojoba oil with 1 ounce of Coconut oil, ¼ ounce of Olive oil and ¼ ounce of Almond oil.

Your magical massage oil is ready for granting you the mesmerizing beauty from within.

Ayurvedic expert, Dr. Meghna Dixit says, “A massage helps in the lymphatic drainage. It leads the toxins and the waste products from the blood and the serum from the lymph nodes to the kidney and through it throws it out of the body. Thus the blood and the body overall is purified.”

She further adds, “It also increases the basic metabolism rate, and activates the cells to perform the best, and thus give a boost to one’s immunity.”

“People who go for massage experience measurable changes in their body’s immune and endocrine response and experienced significant changes in lymphocyte numbers and percentages white blood cells that play a large role in defending the body from disease,” say researchers of Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.

Applying Jojoba oil leaves the positive impression in such a way that the homeostatic regulatory system of the human body recognizes that sufficient oil has been produced by itself.

2. Mother of sebaceous glands:

Wonderful moisturizer that feeds sebum secretion:

Sebaceous glands are minuscule glands in our skin surface that secretes a wax-like or an oil-like substance called as sebum.

The consistency of sebum is much similar to Jojoba oil. The proper secretion of sebum by our sebaceous glands determines the optimal health of skin surface.

Age, lifestyle changes, diet and other environmental factors affect the normal functions of sebaceous glands. Decreased secretion of sebum leads to dandruff, hair fall, itchy scalp, dry hair, dry skin, cracked and thick skin surface.

According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the British Journal of Dermatology and Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, “Jojoba oil and similar other components are considered natural moisturizing factors that prevent individual skin cells from losing water and create the appearance of smooth and healthy skin, all major benefits.”

Mothers are created on earth as God cannot be present everywhere’ is a divine adage.

Why is Jojoba oil beckoned as the ‘Mother of sebaceous glands’?

Jojoba oil is an emollient with rich natural wax esters that assist in the secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands, thus helping in maintaining balanced level of oil in the skin, retaining the natural moisture, enabling the skin to look young and hydrated and leaving the skin soft and supple.

Dry skin is a result of lack of moisture or water in the epidermis or the upper layer of the skin surface. Jojoba oil penetrates through the epidermis and keeps it moist and hydrated all through the day.

The oil of Jojoba has the potent to enable sebum secretion during shortage and dissolves sticky remains in times of excess sebum secretion.

Massaging your skin with 2 ounce of Jojoba oil blended with 5 drops of Lavender oil, 5 drops of Argan oil and 5 drops of Ylang Ylang oil will moisturize your hair and skin and gift you the most spongy skin and bouncy locks like never before.

3. Father of hair follicles:

Keshya – Encourages hair growth and strengthens your hair follicles:

Every problem has a destined root cause. Nothing happens overnight. Thus, treating the symptoms of a specific health condition can grant only a temporary solution.

Treating the real root cause paves way for treating it initially and preventing it in the future. This is the secret behind the healing acumen of Ayurvedic medication.

A Father provides the foundation of strength, wisdom and hope. So that his children may build their dreams upon it,” is a celebrated father quote.

That is why I personally call Jojoba oil as the father of hair follicles, for its ability to strengthen the roots of the hair, enrich the scalp, clear away dandruff, control frizz, treat alopecia and promote hair growth.

Gwyneth Paltrow said, “My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.” In a much similar way, Jojoba oil is a father to your hair follicles as every hair problem begins from its roots and this natural wax treats it better than most other hair care products in the market.

Massaging your scalp and hair with 2 ounce of Jojoba oil blended with 3 drops of Rosemary oil, 2 drops of Thyme oil, 2 drops of Lemon oil can assist in controlling frizzy hair problems, controls dandruff and itchy scalp conditions, balances the level of natural oils and sebum in the scalp and persuade hair growth.

Unlike other liquids, Jojoba does not evaporate quickly and it amasses and penetrates into the roots of your hair. This aids in conditioning the roots and preventing your hair from turning dull and fragile.

Excess secretion of sebum in the scalp might lead to sticky hair, itchy scalp, and invasion of microbes along with dirty and blocked pores that restrict the growth of healthy hair.

Massaging your scalp and hair in alternative days with 2 ounce of Jojoba oil blended with 5 drops of Rosemary oil, 5 drops of Clary Sage oil, 5 drops of Cedarwood oil and 5 drops of Almond oil is an excellent homemade blend for augmenting the volume, shine, texture, thickness of your hair and prevent hair loss significantly.

Jojoba oil spreads evenly on the scalp, dissolves and confiscates excess sebum deposits, thereby leaves the scalp and hair clean and strong.

4. Sister of acne-free clear skin:

Excellent care for treating and preventing acne.

Acne is the most chronic condition in a teenager’s life, mostly during the peak period, when the young ladies and the gentlemen turn beauty conscious.

It is not only a universal adolescent problem but is found in many people even after their teenage years.

Acne includes pimples, blackheads and whiteheads in the initial stages, whereas severe acne might lead to inflammation and larger spots on the skin. If not treated in the initial stages, this condition might turn worse by leaving behind acne marks and difficult to remove scars on the skin.

The major causes behind acne-prone skin conditions are blocked sebaceous glands with excess sebum, dirt, dead cells, keratin and oils. It paves way for the formation of comedone that looks like a whitehead or blackhead.

Blocked sebaceous glands invite bacteria like Propionibacterium acnes that worsen acne and end up in inflammation and spots filled with pus, witnessed by redness and pain.

The extremely shocking fact is that numerous studies have correlated the relation between acne, anxiety and depression that might even lead to suicide in teenagers.

Can a dermatological disorder like acne end up in suicide?

A 2010 study on ‘Clinical implications of lipid peroxidation in acne vulgaris’ by Whitney P Bowe, Department of Dermatology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, New York and Alan C Logan, Integrative Care Centre of Toronto, Canada published a detailed study on the impact of acne frequently associated with depression, anxiety and other psychological sequelae and the oxidative stress involved in the pathophysiology of acne.

This study states “inflamed and damaged sebaceous glands negatively influence neuronal communication at the same time and set the stage for higher rates of depression and anxiety in acne.”

How can Jojoba oil be an effective natural remedy for acne?

My answers are here:

WOW!!!! Is your response now? Am I right?

Yes!! Only a sister can be a caring friend as well as your second mother.

With so many caring features packed in, nothing else than Jojoba can be your ‘LOVING SISTER’ for acne-free clear and spotless skin.

A German based 2012 study, published in the Swiss Journal Research in Complementary Medicine proved the effectiveness of Jojoba oil in the treatment of acne, where facial clay mask blended with jojoba oil dabbed 2-3 times every week for 6 consecutive weeks lead to about 59 per cent diminution of lesions in people with mild acne vulgaris.

Mix 10 drops of Jojoba oil with 1 drop of Turmeric oil and 1 drop of Tea tree oil and dab it on your acne and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash your face with a mild skin cleanser with 2 drops of Jojoba oil diluted in it.

Follow this regimen in alternative days for about a month, visible results are sure to knock your door. Practice Pranayama every day, where 70 per cent of toxic remains in your system are flushed out through conscious exhalation.

5. Brother to ‘The beautiful You’:

Rasayana – Rejuvenates and restores skin health:

‘Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a SuperHero’ – Marc Brown.

Your Super Hero brother would always love to keep you beautiful as you are his lovely little princess/prince.

Jojoba oil is rich in Vitamin E that contributes to its antioxidant properties. This aids in combating against the free radicals that are responsible for aging symptoms like wrinkles, fine lines, saggy and dull skin.

With its exceptional hydrating quality and highly penetrating ability, Jojoba oil protects the skin from the harmful UV rays, aids in treating sunburns, fine lines and wrinkles.

Gently massaging your skin with 5 drops of Jojoba oil and 2 drops of Apricot oil and 1 drop of Cucumber oil can help in rejuvenating and restoring your skin health, leaving it look young and beautiful.

6. Friend for fair complexion:

‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’ is a lovely friendship proverb and indeed Jojoba is that true friend for you in possessing a blemish-free, clear and fair skin complexion.

Jojoba oil controls the production of melanin and aids in treating skin pigmentation. Massaging your face, neck and hands with 15 drops of Jojoba oil, 3 drops of Sandalwood oil and 2 drops of Rose Geranium oil everyday can help in improving your complexion by lightening the skin color.

What next? Bright, clear, acne-free, spotless and extremely fairer skin that would make you proud and your rivals to stay envious on you is all yours.

7. Enemy to microbes and foreign bodies:

Kustaghna – Supports skin health and treats various skin problems.

Jojoba  oil is undoubtedly tough on microbes and smooth on your skin.

It is a great warrior in fighting against bacteria, fungi, other microbes and foreign bodies. These micro-organisms would otherwise barricade the functions of the healthy cellular structure of the skin.

Microbes invade wounds, boils, burns, acne and other skin eruptions and worsen its conditions. Bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus enable the wounds to turn septic and delay its healing.

Jojoba oil has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that curb the growth of microbes and help in the treatment of related skin conditions like eczema, candida, ringworm, dermatitis and psoriasis.

It also promotes quicker healing of wounds, burns, itching, allergies and inflammatory skin conditions.

How will Jojoba do all these things? Is that the next question striking your thoughts? Then, here’s the answer.

Jojoba oil is one among the most light and easily-spreading natural wax that penetrates deep into the skin surface.

First, it arrests the functions of microbes and further curtails its growth. Followed by its ‘repairing mission’ where Jojoba oil promotes the natural ability of the damaged or inflamed skin to turn to its normal cellular arrangement with its rich nutrients and chemical constituents.

Jojoba oil further normalizes the secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands, the ultimate secret behind your skin in the pink.

All you need to do is to dab the affected areas with 5 drops of Jojoba oil blended with 1 drop of Argan oil to return to your healthy skin regimen.

Other health benefits:

Apart from these amazing benefits, Jojoba oil is also used as a vital ingredient in moisturizing creams, conditioners, shampoos, sunscreen lotions, baby care products, nail and cuticle products, pharmaceutical products, lubrication industry, natural cleansers and an extensive array of cosmetics.

  • Adhere to a wholesome and balanced diet.
  • Simple physical exercises on a daily basis might sound easy but you never know the massive health benefits on your fitness regimen.
  • Linking with the ultimate Divine Force through meditation or prayer for about 15 to 20 minutes a day can help in colossal positive effects on your brain and body, leading you to realize yourself, earn self-esteem and an optimistic outlook of life.
  • Be positive and fulfill your duties or karma for everlasting contentment.
  • Deepen your thoughts with positive thinking and determine to bring a smile in at least one person every day.
  • Fuel your system by drinking plentiful water and juices.
  • Keep smiling; you must have known that ‘Smile is a curve that sets everything straight’ :).

Ok… It’s up to you now, to turn that new leaf in your life this New Year 2016 🙂 and every New Day in the years ahead 🙂

Wishing you all a blessed and blissful New Year 2016, from my heart 🙂

Keep up that great smile 🙂 You look awesome 🙂 while smiling 🙂

Disclaimer:

This article is destined only for informational purposes and is not meant to diagnose, prevent or treat any kind of health conditions. It is not for replacing any prescription medicines or the consultation of a certified general practitioner. We, at Essential Depot are not doctors of medicine or healthcare practitioners and this piece of information is shared only for spreading the miraculous curing of Ayurveda, the mother of all healing systems on earth.

All essential oils are suggested only for topical application and not for internal use. Blend it with suitable carrier oils before use. This is mainly because 100 per cent untainted and organic essential oils are concentrated liquids and may cause allergic reactions if used on the skin without dilution.

Care should be taken in using essential oils on children, pregnant or nursing women. Speak with your Ayurvedic expert or medical professional before selecting the appropriate oils for your unique individual constitution (Prakriti) and the state of health (Vikruti). Do a patch test on your skin before enjoying the enormous benefits of essential oils.

Thought for the day:

If you truly love Nature, you’ll find beauty everywhere.

-Van Gogh

Suggested Reading:

  1. Carrier Oils: For Aromatherapy and Massage by Len Price, Shirley Price
  2. American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life by E. Barrie Kavasch, Karen Baar
  3. Jojoba (Carrier Oils Book 10) by Miriam Kinai
  4. [(Jojoba: New Crop for Arid Lands, New Raw Material for Industry)] [Author: National Research Council] [Jun-2002] by National Research Council
  5. Making Soap From Scratch: How to Make Handmade Soap – A Beginners Guide and Beyond by Gregory Lee White

Reference Links:

  1. The Wonders of Jojoba by Dr. Nadim A. Shaath, Alpha Research and Development Ltd
  2. Jojoba oil by Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
  3. Anti-inflammatory effects of Jojoba liquid Wax in experimental models by Habashy RR, Abdel-Naim AB, Khalifa AE, Al-Azizi MM. Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, published in PubMed
  4. Jojoba oil by Wikipedia
  5. Jojoba: A Wax – Producing Shrub of the Sonoran Desert; Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography by Wade C and Edward F Haase. Sherbrooke published in the University of Arizona Campus Repository

Avocado Oil


Avocado-bannerHappiness is a fresh, seasonal Avocado’, is the most stirring quote that made me rapt in the recent times. What is all in an Avocado that brings so much joy to humanity?

Avocado is nature’s souvenir that has been trusted and taken for treating cardiovascular problems, psoriasis, periodontal conditions, obesity, diabetes, wrinkles, halitosis, hair loss and numerous other medical conditions.

“Avocado is sweet and warm, excellent for the liver, high in vitamin E, is a skin moisturizer, and is good for weak tissues”, quotes Light Miller and Bryan Miller in their book ‘Ayurveda and Aromatherapy.

Called as Neerabijh (Sanskrit) or Makhanphal (Hindi) in Ayurveda, Avocado is employed in Ayurvedic healing as a skin tonic and for reducing bad cholesterol and chronic constipation; boosting libido, regulating insulin secretion, fighting against free radicals, enhancing ojas (strength, endurance and brilliance); and for treating alopecia, insomnia and joint pain.

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Remedial properties and chemical constituents of Avocado oil:

Avocado is nature’s source of power with vitamins, including vitamin A, C, E, B-6 and K1 along with riboflavin, folate, niacin, choline, dietary fiber, proteins, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, zeaxanthin/lutein,  PFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid), (fatty acids namely Linoleic, Palmitoleic, Palmitic, Oleic, Stearic acid) MUFA(Monounsaturated fatty acid) and SFA (Saturated fatty acid).

Avocado oil contains remedial phytosterols like campesterol, beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol and bio-active phytochemicals including terpenoids, glutathione, carotenoids, phenols, tannins, lecithin, sterolin, D-mannoheptulose and persenone A and B.

Botanically called as Persea Americana, Avocado oil has anti-carcinogenic, demulcent, laxative, emollient, antiparasitic, carminative, astringent, regenerative, diuretic, cardiovascular, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-aging and anti-arthritic properties.

Historical uses and significance of Avocado oil:

Avocado is said to have been born in Mexico in the state of Puebla, though various substantiations from fossil testing states that it might have originated in California. It is recorded as one of the most primitive fruits consumed by the Mesoamerican populace, including the Maya, Olmec and the Mokaya of the Soconusco.

The ancient proof of Avocado’s presence in Mexico dates back to 10,000 BC. The leading producers of Avocado are Mexico with 500,000 tons per year, followed by California with 200,000 tons and Florida with 35,000 tons.

Avocados have been used by the Maya populace of Guatemala for diagnosing diarrhea, warding off intestinal worms and parasites and for enhancing the growth of healthy hair.

The Mexican iconography portrays Avocado and the Nahuatl term for avocado is ahuacatl, which means testicle in English. In accordance to the Mexican mythology, the fruit of avocado grants enormous energy.

Gutierrez and Villanueva, the popular Chroniclers of Spain denote Avocado as, “a fruit’s form contributes to its properties: the outer form is a result of inner forces. The avocado is shaped like a testicle, and it can therefore transfer that strength to whoever eats it.” Sounds great! Isn’t it???

It’s time to relate the effectiveness of Avocado as an immune stimulant and a sexual booster and one among the best natural alternative for delaying the aging process.

From the prehistoric times till today, Avocado and its cold-pressed magnificent oil is used in the manufacturing of soaps, shampoos, conditioners, serums, moisturizing creams, lotions, massage blends and an extensive array of cosmetic products.

Avocado is a familiar cooking oil with manifold benefits in it. It is a vital part of the popular Mexican dip, Guacamole and in corn tortillas. Salads, soups, desserts, savory dishes, snacks, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and a long-drawn-out list has Avocado as a main ingredient for its creamy taste and bulky benefits.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Avocado oil:

Avocado is an excellent remedial bliss in disguise, just like a Jackfruit that is rough on the outside and extremely sweet and smooth in the inside.

Ayurveda states that the fruit of Avocado and the oil extracted from its pulp is extremely beneficial in the treatment of vata dosha vitiations like scaly skin, psoriasis, constipation, rough and aged-skin, muscular stiffness, dry hair, joint pain, insomnia, improper blood circulation and wrinkles.

Avocado is also a promising remedy in the treatment of Pitta imbalances like poor metabolism, ulcer, tension, heartburn and inflammatory conditions.

Avocado is used in massage since the traditional times, especially for its enormous benefits to the skin.

Ayurveda denotes that all things in this universe is made up of five vital elements namely fire, earth, water, air and space and these are together known as Panchamahabhutas or the building blocks of life.

 “Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind and intellect and also ego-sense; these are the eight-fold division of my nature. This is inferior. Know my mother nature, the higher, Oh Mighty-Armed, the life-element by which the universe is upheld”. (7:4-5)  – Bhagavad Gita

Earth consists of all the natural nutrients like vitamins, minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium) and phytochemicals within it. Every single plant that grows on earth observes these natural nutrients based upon its temperament and the environment in which it grows.

Since human body is also a combination of these 5 vital elements and it also contains such vital nutrients and these are responsible for the well-being of various parts of the body. Deficiency or excess of any of these natural nutrients leads to illness.

Thus treating such insufficiency with natural alternatives aids in diagnosing the illness initially and thus prevent it in the future as well.

For example, deficiency of vitamin A might end up in night blindness and other ocular effects, dry and scaly skin, respiratory infections, follicular thickening of the skin surface, low immunity and growth retardation problems in children.

Intake of natural foods that are rich in Vitamin A like carrots, sweet potato, lettuce, melon, tropical fruits and other green leafy vegetables can assist in treating the symptoms and diagnosing Vitamin A deficiency disorders.

Bright colored vegetables and fruits acquire vitamins from the earth and thus vitamin deficiencies are treated naturally by ingesting such food varieties.

In a much similar way, Avocado is rich in Vitamins C, E, B and K, potassium and monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid. Eating fresh Avocados and using Avocado oil for dermal use might assist in balancing such deficiencies in the system.

The most momentous Ayurvedic benefits of Avocado and its nourishing oil are as follows:

avocado-broucher1. Assists in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism:

The presence of phytochemicals in Avocado is a healthy reason for its effectiveness in the treatment of osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It is for this reason, Avocado along with the blend of Soybean oil is recommended by Denmark as a food supplement for treating inflammation and influencing the repair and growth of cartilage.

France has determined this duo oil as prescription medicine. This is further substantiated by various research analyses published in the journal ‘Ugeschrift for laeger’ that have proved the usefulness of this blend in the healing of osteoarthritis in the knee and hip area.

Avocado oil inhibited a pro-inflammatory cytokine molecule” states the research report published in the 2006 Journal Periodontal Disease issue, where human bone cells and periodontal ligaments were studied, thus demonstrating that Avocado oil with its anti-inflammatory values aids in reducing inflammation and preventing certain other symptoms of periodontal disease like erosion of bone.

The anti-inflammatory attribute of Avocado oil is endorsed to its rich presence of phytonutrients like polyphenols and flavonoids.

A 2007 study ‘Metabolic Effects of Avocado/Soy Unsaponifiables on Articular Chondrocytes’ published in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine and PubMed concludes “there is substantial evidence that ASU (Avocado/Soy Unsaponifiables) containing sterols are anti-inflammatory and provide protection against cartilage degeneration.”

It further adds “The major components of ASU by weight are the phytosterols beta-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol. Phytosterols in general, and beta-sitosterol in particular, are now considered potent anti-inflammatory agents with antioxidant and analgesic activity.”

Massaging the painful parts with 2 ounce of Avocado oil blended with 1 ounce of Soybean oil can be of immense help in fighting against free radicals, reducing pain, inflammation, muscular stiffness and cartilage damages and in enhancing blood circulation in the affected area.

Pranayama or conscious breathing assists in the treatment of rheumatism, atherosclerosis, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions that mainly occur due to the stagnation of toxic remains in the system, where ama or toxic substances in the body are flushed out through slow and steady exhalation.

2. Supports healthy heart functions by condensing cholesterol levels:

The presence of beta-sitosterol makes Avocado and its oil as the friendliest oil for supporting the healthy functions of your heart. This is a type of phytosterol, which is structurally alike to body’s cholesterol.

They are often termed as ‘heart healthy nutrients’ because of their efficacy in converting low healthy fats into substances that will be comparatively less detrimental to the cells and are more exploitable.

Avocado with its phytosterol components does enormous goodness to the system as its anti-inflammatory properties due to phytosterol compounds help in reducing the risk of heart diseases mainly due to deposits of plaque or other mass substances.

Avocado and its oil help in trimming down excess inflammation and clog in the arteries and thwart the arterial walls from all kinds of damages and aid in maintaining normal levels of blood pressure.

Research study on the effects of increased ingestion of Avocado has witnessed considerable decrease of cholesterol levels in blood. This analysis sustained for about 7 days with diet rich in Avocados, where patients with slight hypercholesterolemia evidenced a 17 percent drop off in the levels of total serum cholesterols.

It also evidenced about 11 percent increase in HDL (good cholesterol) and 22 percent decrease in the levels of triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol), thus Avocados have also been proven to support healthier lipid profiles.

Eating Avocados in salad or as whole is a great way to relay its immense benefits to your system but Avocado oil is of great significance as it exists in a more concentrated form.

Blend 4 ounce of Avocado oil with 5 drops of Ginger oil and 5 drops of Spearmint oil and rejuvenate your system with a warm massage on your weekends. Indeed it is one among the comfy way to get rid of excess cholesterol and toxic remains in your system.

3. ‘Pick-me-up’ oil for most of your skin problems:

Pick up the most capacious oil of Avocado with your eyes closed just for the treatment of most of your skin conditions.

Avocado and its nourishing pulpy oil is known for repairing the damaged skin cells, supporting the growth of new cells, moisturizing the skin, augmenting the production of collagen and for treating wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s foot and certain other symptoms of aging.

The significant factors behind the skin nourishing attribute of Avocado oil is the presence of enormous nutrients including potassium, vitamins A, D and E (act as antioxidants), sterolin, lecithin, proteins and high presence of unsaturated fatty acids including omega-3 fatty acids.

Blend 2 ounce of Avocado oil with 10 drops of Evening Primrose oil and 10 drops of Jojoba oil. Relish your skin and your senses with this rich massage blend for about twice in a week. Leave it to rest for about half an hour. Follow this massage with a cool bath and feel the difference of your skin in less than 2 months.

The presence of sterolin, unsaturated fatty acids, proteins and antioxidant vitamins in Avocado oil assists deeper penetration into the skin surface and the bloodstream.

This in turn softens, moisturizes, repairs, rejuvenates and backs up healthy skin from within. Aging spots, psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, mature skin conditions and sun damage can be treated effectively with this wholesome oil.

A 12 week study listed in the Journal of Dermatology on the effectiveness of Avocado oil and Vitamin B12 on Psoriasis evidenced regular progress in the participants suffering from psoriasis.

4. Enhances digestive power and aids in weight management:

Avocado and its oil are known to increase the efficacy and the normal functioning of the digestive tract.

The oil of Avocado has soothing effects on the intestine, stomach and the digestive system as a whole. Being a mild and gentle oil, Avocado can assist in the treatment of ulcer, heartburn, improper metabolic functions and inflammation in the stomach and intestines.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 fatty acid support in improving your metabolism and boost your appetite, thus granting you a feeling of fullness with its enormous nutrient content.

A balanced and healthy diet with regular exercise, healthy lifestyle practices, proper utilization of your physical and emotional energies, meditation and supporting techniques including massage with Ayurvedic oils like Avocado and detoxification for eliminating the toxic remains in your system, is more than enough to shed your extra pounds and live fit forever.

Massaging your abdomen with 10 drops of Avocado oil mixed with 1 drop of Lemon oil and 1 drop of Peppermint oil, especially before your meals is an excellent way to nurture your appetite and soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines.

A 2014 study on the ‘Effect of Dietary Intake of Avocado Oil and Olive Oil on Biochemical Markers of Liver Function in Sucrose-Fed Rats’ published in the BioMed Research International states that the intake of sucrose affects the total levels of bilirubin and proteins, which affects the function of liver and other metabolic mayhems.

Avocado oil administration revealed the beginning of a regeneration of liver function and Avocado oil exhibits effects similar to those of olive oil,” concludes this study.

5. Fights against cancerous attacks:

Avocado oil is powered with enormous antioxidants including carotenoids, polyphenols, tocopherols and proanthocyanidins. These antioxidants help in fighting against the free radicals responsible for cellular degeneration and the development of tumors in cancerous attacks.

The anti-cancer or anti-carcinogenic properties of Avocado is attributed to the presence of bioactive chemical components like terpenoids, carotenoids, D-mannoheptulose, phenols, persenone A and B, and glutathione, where glutathione is a tripeptide that consists of three amino acids namely glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine.

The National Cancer Institute found that Avocado’s glutathione levels of 8.4 mg per 30 g or 19 mg per one-half fruit is several fold higher than that of other fruits,” quotes the study Dietary glutathione intake and the risk of oral and pharyngeal cancer by the Emory University School of Public Health, GA.

A 2013 study on ‘Dietary avocado oil supplementation attenuates the alterations induced by type I diabetes and oxidative stress in electron transfer at the complex II-complex III segment of the electron transport chain in rat kidney mitochondria’ published in PubMed states “a protective effect of avocado oil against lipid peroxidation was observed consistently only in control mitochondria.”

This study concludes that the defensive outcome of Avocado oil is attributed to the antioxidant effects of carotenoids and glutathione that penetrates through the blood stream and reaches mitochondria (vital part of the cellular structure), where energy production and respiration happens.

Other benefits:

The other popular health benefits of Avocado oil are its effectiveness in the treatment of cracked heels, sunburn, insect stings, dandruff, wounds, loss of libido, blisters, bad breath, rashes, insomnia, periodontal diseases and more.

Disclaimer:

This piece of information is only for educational purposes and is not in any way meant to be used for diagnosis or as a substitute for any prescribed medications or the professional advice of your Doctor. We, at Essential Depot are not healthcare experts and this article is written only with the intention of sharing the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda.

Essential oils are meant for topical use only and not for ingestion, as pure and organic essential oils are the life force of plants and are highly concentrated substances. Seek the advice of your Ayurvedic expert or healthcare professional before choosing the appropriate essential oils for your state of health and unique individual constitution.

Thought for the day:

The Avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.

– David Fairchild

Suggested Reading:

  1. The Avocado: Botany, Production and Uses from Brand: CABI
  2. AVOCADO & HONEY FACIAL MASK – FOR NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL & HEALTHY SKIN (Essential Oil Spa) by KG Stiles
  3. Avocado Oil: The miracle health benefits, fat loss facts & kitchen tips (Avocado recipes, Avocado Oil for weight loss) by Margaret Horton
  4. Avocado 55 Success Secrets – 55 Most Asked Questions On Avocado – What You Need To Know by Teresa Kramer
  5. Absolutely Avocados by Gaby Dalkin

Reference Links:

  1. Avocado by Wikipedia
  2. Hass Avocado Composition and Potential Health Effects by Mark L. Dreher and Adrienne J. Davenport, published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition and PubMed
  3. Domestication and Significance of Persea Americana, the Avocado, in Mesoamerica by Amanda J. Landon published in Digital Commons, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  4. Metabolic Effects of Avocado/Soy Unsaponifiables on Articular Chondrocytes by Louis Lippiello, Joseph V. Nardo, Robert Harlan, and Tiffany Chiou, published in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  5. Effect of Dietary Intake of Avocado Oil and Olive Oil on Biochemical Markers of Liver Function in Sucrose-Fed Rats’ published in the BioMed Research International

Fennel Seed Oil


Fennel-seed-bannerEvery lactating mother should have this oil at hand because it helps with milk production and eases colic. It is useful during pregnancy to prevent morning sickness, and is excellent for the traveler, helping to reduce sea sickness and jet lag”, says Light Miller and Bryan Miller in their book Ayurveda and Aromatherapy.

Fennel is one remarkable herb with bunch of culinary and remedial benefits that embraces your food with its innate aroma and rich flavor blended with numerous healing attributes.

Owing its origin to the coastal Mediterranean region Fennel is botanically called as Foeniculum vulgare. It has been accepted and cultivated worldwide for its enormous benefits that some countries like India, Pakistan and China hold Fennel seeds and its essential oil as an important ingredient of their traditional cooking.

With the whole plant serving humanity with its unique qualities, Fennel fruits usually entitled as seeds when dried contributes to the extraction of Fennel seed oil by the process of steam distillation. Bearing anethole as the predominant flavoring substance, Fennel seed oil serves as an aid for various purposes.

Fennel is called in Ayurveda as Shatapushpa, which means hundred flowers. It has a long historical use in this ancient healing methodology in the treatment of cold, indigestion, gas, flatulence, PMS, low agni, abscesses, overindulgence in nicotine or alcohol, cramps, colic in children and menstrual problems.

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Historical uses and importance of Fennel and its essential oil:

Numerous sources state that the Romans, English, Greek and Asians were well known of the extensive healing values of this aromatic herb. With its name engraved in the nine herbs charm practiced in the 10th century, Fennel along with other herbs was intended to treat poisonous infections and other diseases.

The sweet, strong and pleasing aroma of this herb earned global importance and the poetic scholar Milton had mentioned the quality of Fennel in one of his works that says:

‘A savoury odour blown,

Grateful to appetite, more pleased my sense

Than smell of sweetest Fennel.’

Referred to as the herb of sight by the ancient Romans, Fennel herb was employed to improve the eyesight of humans and animals. Pliny the Elder, a Roman author and natural philosopher had mentioned in his book ‘The Natural History’ that the serpents would rub against the Fennel herb at the time of shedding off their skin to improve their sight.    

Fennel herb aids in shedding off the excess fat, the reason for which the Greeks called this herb as Marathon, derived from the word ‘Mariano’ which means ‘to grow thin’. It is interesting to know that the Marathon event conducted in memory of the Greek soldier Pheidippides literally means ‘Land of Fennels’. It possesses excellent appetite suppressing properties that was widely used by soldiers during long journey and by common men while holding religious fasts.

Fennel herb was considered to bear the potential of protecting one from witchcraft and driving away the evil forces for which it was hung in the entrance of every home. Since it bears the attribute of strengthening oneself, athletes commonly use fennel seeds as a supplement to provide instant energy and strength.

Fennel seed has been used since ages that it has been mentioned in one of the works of Hildegard of Bingen who belonged to the middle ages but was recently crowned as the Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI for her renowned works in the field of medicine.

Fennel seeds and leaves are used in culinary as an aromatic and flavoring element. The Fennel bulbs are used as a vegetable that can be taken raw as well as cooked. It also helps in alleviating womanly health issues and is efficient in boosting up the mental sturdiness thus making one emotionally strong. Fennel seed oil is widely used for its stomachic properties as it aids in digestion thus healing a variety of digestive disorders.

Chemical constituents and therapeutic properties of Fennel Seed oil:

Fennel seed oil comprises of numerous chemical constituents of which the majority is anethole. The other components include α-Pinene, Camphene, Sabinene, β-Pinene, Myrcene, phellandrene, o-Cymene, Limonene, Eucalyptol, Terpinene, Fenchone, Linalool, Camphor, Estragole, Fenchyl acetate, Cumic aldehyde and p-Anisaldehyde.

Fennel seed oil serves as an excellent source of various healing attributes such as carminative, digestive, stomachic, diuretic, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, antiseptic, depurative, expectorant, galactogogue, anti-diabetic, analgesic, estrogenic, anti-toxic and tonic.

Ayurvedic Health Benefits of Fennel Seed Oil:

Ayurveda is a noble child of the ancient Indian tradition, the country with the world’s oldest historical references. This ancient healing methodology is more than 5,000 years old and is said have mentioned in Atharvaveda, one among the 4 prominent Vedic texts of India. Ayurveda is known as the science of holistic healing that aims at longevity and healthy aging through the use of natural medications and healthy lifestyle.

Ayurveda trusts that everything on earth is a part of nature and is made up of the five vital elements of nature namely fire, water, earth, air and space.

Leading a harmonious or balanced living with nature supports absolute health and imbalance causes illnesses. Every human being, according to Ayurveda is made up of an unique individual constitution that consists three biological energies known as doshas.

Doshas or Ayurvedic body types are nothing but a representation or a combination of the five vital elements. Vata dosha stands for air and space, pitta symbolizes fire and water and kapha represents water and earth.

Every individual has a predominance of any one of these doshas and this predominance determines their personality, attributes and behavior. Balance between these biological energies support hale and heartiness and imbalance between these doshas pave way for diseases.

Ayurvedic remedies like essential oils, herbs, yoga, meditation, physical exercises, Ayurvedic routine, balanced lifestyle and prayers aim at striking perfect balance between these doshas. Fennel seed oil is said to have equal effects on all the three doshas.

The Ayurvedic health benefits of Fennel Seed oil are:

Fennel-seed-broucher1. Alleviates digestive disorders:

Fennel seeds and its essential oil have been proved as amazing natural remedies for all kinds of digestive disorders. It is one of the best accepted carminative oil that assists in expelling gas accumulated in the intestines and prevents the formation of gas thus protecting one from bloating and abdominal cramps due to gas. It is for this reason Fennel seeds are traditionally used in the preparation of gripe water to treat colic in infants and to prevent ulcer and acidity in adults.

A 2003 study on the effect of Fennel seed oil emulsion in infantile colic concludes that the use of Fennel oil considerably comforted the infants from colic with no side effects when compared to those who were treated with placebo.

Blend 2 drops of Fennel seed oil with 1 ml of sesame oil and massage it on your stomach and abdomen.  As a natural stimulant, Fennel oil massage can help in stimulating the secretion of gastric juices and digestive enzymes such as bile and promotes the process of digestion.

It also regulates the peristaltic movement of the intestines thus aiding irregular bowel movements and constipation. Moreover, it possesses anti- fungal and anti microbial properties that can effectively kill infectious micro organisms in the intestines.

Fennel seed oil has antispasmodic properties that relax the smooth muscles of the intestines and results in quick recovery from pains and abdominal discomfort caused due to indigestion, heartburn, bloating etc.

Unlike the other spices, Fennel seed oil has a unique cooling effect that pacifies the intestines and muscles of the stomach and helps in curing stomach ulcer. Thus Fennel essential oil is used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for treating indigestion, gastroenteritis, stomach upset, flatulence and hernias.

Rich in anethole, Fennel seeds are used as a trusted mouth freshener in Indian restaurants and homes. Popularly known as Mukhwas meaning mouth freshener, the sweet coated Fennel seeds are used as an after-meal snack.

It is for this reason Fennel is often employed in the preparation of toothpaste, liquors, desserts, culinary and mouth fresheners. Add 1 drop of Fennel oil in a cup of warm water and use it as a gargle after meals to keep away from microbes and fight against bad odor or halitosis.

2. Treats respiratory tract infections:

Fennel seed oil serves as an excellent respiratory aid with its spicy, peppery and slightly earthy aroma and expectorant properties. Chewing Fennel seeds refreshes your breath and its essential oil assists in treating respiratory tract infections effectively.

Fennel seed oil has anti-microbial and expectorant properties that help in fighting against harmful bacteria and viruses that cling to your respiratory tract, resulting in heavy deposits of mucus and phlegm.

Adding 2 drops of Fennel oil in steam inhalation or warm bathing water can work wonders in alleviating your respiratory infections as it acts as a natural expectorant, helping in loosening huge deposits of mucus, thus relieving you from all respiratory tract infections such as whooping cough, cold, bronchitis, allergies and breathing difficulties etc.

3. Heals womanly health concerns:

Fennel seed oil possesses female reproductive hormones, which are known to stimulate and regulate the secretion of estrogen in women. Bryan Miller and Light Miller have said in their book Ayurveda and Aromatherapy that Fennel oil is very useful in treating menopause and PMS with its rich content of phyto-estrogens, for which this oil is used frequently in the manufacturing breast tightening and enlarging creams.

Gently massage your lower abdomen with 3 drops of Fennel oil blended with 1.5 ml of sweet almond oil for treating irregularities in the menstrual cycle, problems associated with menopause, mood swings, dysmennorhea, blocked menstruation, nervousness and abdominal pain. This massage can also be helpful in facilitating child birth.

Fennel seed oil is used after child birth in India mainly to facilitate the removal of toxins from the uterus, support natural contraction of the uterus and also to increase the quantity and quality of the breast milk in lactating mothers. A study on estrogenic property of Fennel seed oil has proved that an acetone extract from fennel seeds had estrogenic effects on the genital organs of male and female rats.

4. Detoxifies the body and promotes weight loss:

Obesity or overweight is one vast roof that can encompass one with a cluster of diseases.  Fennel seed oil is an excellent cleansing agent that naturally detoxifies your body by excreting the toxins, excess fluids or water deposits, salt, harmful fats, bad cholesterol and uric acid deposits.

Being a diuretic, Fennel oil increases the quantity and regularity of urinating and helps in attenuation of hypertension, treatment of burning or difficult urination and inflammation due to water retention in the body.

The sweet and refreshing aroma of this oil suppresses the appetite, thus largely decreasing the longing for food. Add 2 to 3 drops of Fennel oil to your hankie, tissues or air fresheners for decreasing your appetite and granting you a feeling of fullness for a longer duration.

Fennel seed oil when added to a massage blend, consisting of 2 drops of this oil with 1 ml of sesame oil works effectively in the filtering toxins from the blood, thus protecting the liver from detrimental toxic substances. Fennel oil has been marked as a useful essential oil in toning the body with its diuretic property and be useful in dealing with obesity.

Along with detoxifying, Fennel seed oil also assists in boosting the process of metabolism and suppressing the appetite. This oil also has melatonin, which has the ability of relaxing the muscles, smoothing the nerves and resulting in a sound, peaceful sleep that may help one to control from gaining extra weight and protects from some serious disorders like cardiovascular diseases that results due to obesity.

5. Strengthens you emotionally:

Fennel seed oil helps in relaxing the mind, calming the nerves and pacifying the nervous system. Adding 2 drops of this oil in diffuser or vaporizer aids in getting rid of emotional stress, anxiety and fear. Inhaling this invigorating aroma helps in building up self confidence, enhancing the power of self-acceptance and influencing the qualities of innate love for self and others as well.

Along with its ability to help maintain a healthy physique, Fennel seed oil also boosts up your inner spirit and motivates you from within. It is for this dignified cause, athletes often use Fennel seeds as a supplementary for nourishing positive energy and affirmative thoughts.

6. Fights against free radicals:

Numerous studies have proved that Fennel seed oil possesses strong anti-oxidant properties that help in the treatment of pharmacological ailments. This property assists in fighting effectively against the free radicals that result in causing aging symptoms and paving way for the growth of cancerous or malignant tumors.

As an anti-oxidant, Fennel oil tones the skin by strengthening the connective tissues and efficiently treats wrinkles and the other signs of aging, thus making you to feel younger from within and glow with natural beauty. This attribute is also implemented in oral care for supporting strong teeth and gums. It fights against infections and helps in treating acne, pimples and other skin disorders.

Mix 2 drops of Fennel oil with 1 ml of virgin olive oil or jojoba oil and gently massage on wrinkles, dark spots, acne, marks, dull and lifeless skin. This enhances good blood circulation and promotes cellular regeneration.

7. Effective in relieving you from inflammation, spasms and aids in quick wound healing:

Fennel seed oil is an effective antiseptic, which helps in killing harmful microbes, promotes quick healing of wounds and prevents it from becoming septic. By this way, Fennel oil thwarts the onset of Tetanus, for which it is often used in many ointments and is also used in poultices to treat poisonous bites.

It is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. Massaging the affected part with 2 drops of Fennel oil blended with 1 ml of warm sesame oil helps in alleviating inflammation, relieving pain and reducing swelling and promoting blood circulation. This massage also helps in supporting proper functioning of the circulatory system. It is for all these reasons Fennel oil has been used as an effective traditional remedy for rheumatism, arthritis and muscular cramps.

Using 3 drops of Fennel oil in hot compress can assist in quicker recovery of spasms and muscle contractions that occur due to hiccups, chronic coughs and epilepsies. Mix 1 drop of Fennel oil with 10 drops of coconut oil and apply it gently on wounds and infections for quicker healing.

Other health benefits of Fennel Seed Oil:

Fennel seed oil is used to improve eyesight and treat cloudy eyes since ancient times. Even though a 2008 article published in PubMed states that fennel extract is found to be effective in treating rabbits with glaucoma, further research is yet to be done in its application for human beings.

Fennel has the power of driving away fleas and its powder is used in kennels and stables. It is used as a preservative in pickles and also in the preservation of fruits and vegetables mainly because of its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. It is also used in the manufacture of soaps, disinfectant cleaners and dental products for its antiseptic and aromatic properties.

Disclaimer:

This information is only for the purpose of education and is not intended to diagnose or substitute any prescribed medication or professional medical advice. Do not use essential oils internally and always use essential oils topically in a diluted form, as organic and pure essential oils are highly concentrated substances. Always consult your Ayurvedic practitioner before choosing the suitable essential oil for your unique individual constitution and health condition.

Thought for the day:

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.    -Diane Ackerman

Suggested Reading:

  1. Fennel Greats: Delicious Fennel Recipes, The Top 79 Fennel Recipes by Jo Franks
  2. Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing by Dr. Light Miller, Dr. Bryan Miller
  3. Natural Solutions to PCOS: How to Eliminate Your Symptoms and Boost Your Fertility by Dr. Marilyn Glenville PhD
  4. Do You Want to Have a Baby? Natural Fertility Solutions and Pregnancy Care by Sarah Abernathy
  5. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments by Andrew Chevallier

Reference Links:

  1. Fennel by Wikipedia
  2. The Chemical Composition, Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activities of Essential Oils from Organically Cultivated Fennel Cultivars published in Molecules.
  3. A study on the effect of fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) seed oil emulsion in infantile colic: a randomized, placebo-controlled study published in PubMed.
  4. Fennel published in Drugs.Com- An online drug information site.