Drunk as a herbal tea, used on the skin or on the hair, fennel seeds offer several cosmetic benefits. They are also one of the natural beauty products currently popular. Many people love them, because they are suitable for all skin and hair types. They keep their balance while embellishing them. These seeds are known to be excellent against acne, skin aging, eye fatigue, and cellulite. They are also perfect for maintaining hair.
They are also known in the culinary world as a spice and flavoring. And even when consumed, they offer several benefits for the skin and hair. Fennel tea is also very popular and very appreciated for its cosmetic virtues. It is also known for its slimming benefit.
An effective cleansing care for your skin
Fennel seeds are known to be effective in cleaning the skin . They allow to eliminate impurities, dead skin and excess sebum. This allows your skin to breathe and stay healthy. Indeed, it needs to be supplied with oxygen. It is necessary for the production of the support proteins and collagen essential for the health of your skin. And once it has a sufficient amount of oxygen, it retains hydration better. Clean skin is far from the risk of pore clogging and infections. This is ideal for preventing the formation of pimples and other imperfections (blackheads, spots, etc.). To add to this, the seeds beautify your skin and give it more glow.
Very effective natural anti-acne treatment
Fennel seeds prevent acne , but for those who are already formed, what do they do? They turn out to be effective antiseptics . They are able to disinfect pores and eliminate pimples. Indeed, acnes are skin infections caused by pores blocked by excess sebum or impurities. These seeds are perfectly recommended to prevent bacteria from growing at the risk of aggravating pimples. This action against acne and bacteria is attributed to its components: limonene, anethole and myrcene. These are quite powerful antibacterials and anti-inflammatories.
Treatment against aging of the skin
Aside from the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions, fennel seeds are also antioxidants . Indeed, they contain antioxidant molecules: vitamins A and C, and also a little selenium. They are therefore able to fight free radicals which are responsible for the degradation of the skin. They fight against cell damage, skin aging, wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. By protecting your skin, it maintains its elasticity , suppleness and tone .
Organic care for eye fatigue
When the eyes work too hard, they get tired and can get irritated. This fatigue can cause red, dry eyes, which can affect your vision. So as soon as you feel signs of eye strain , consider treating it. While waiting to go to an optician or doctor, fennel seeds can alleviate it. How to do :
- Prepare an infusion.
- Add a pinch of salt.
- Soak cotton with the mixture.
- Apply on your closed eyelids.
Some people use this recipe as eye drops. They use it to rinse the eyes 3-4 times a day. In this case, great care must be taken with hygiene and seed residues. However, consulting a specialist remains essential to avoid any complications.
Natural treatment against cellulite
Cellulite occurs when the cells in your skin reach their storage capacity. The fatty masses pile up and then form the famous cellulite . These fatty masses become difficult to dislodge. You then have to use a product to help you get rid of it. Fennel seeds are just a handy solution. They are able to reduce water retention and therefore cellulite. They work by breaking down fat . They also have a diuretic action which promotes the elimination of toxins.
Natural fortifying hair care
The fact that fennel seeds are rich in antioxidants is also beneficial for the hair . Indeed, they contain components and essential oils ideal for hair care. The vitamins they contain are also important for protecting hair from free radicals. These aggressors can damage the hair, even kill it and cause it to fall out. The seeds act directly on them to reduce and prevent falls. In addition, it has anti-dandruff and antibacterial action . Which is very interesting, because the scalp needs to be ventilated and purified to strengthen the roots.
Beauty active ingredients found in fennel seeds
Fennel seeds are quite rich in beauty active ingredients. They allow you to obtain a beautiful skin full of health and vivacity, whether in large or small amounts. They contain: vitamins A, C and E, proteins, lipids, fibers, potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, manganese and selenium. But, the main assets are:
Vitamins are needed to keep the skin young and glowing. They have antioxidant powers that maintain collagen. They are also responsible for hydration and cell regeneration.
Proteins and lipids play a structural role in the skin. They are mainly responsible for the elasticity and plasticity of your skin.
Copper, selenium and zinc are essential trace elements for maintaining healthy skin. Together they form a protection and promote its healing and elasticity. In addition, their combination helps to balance the oxygen level which maintains the health of your skin.
As for iron , it preserves the proper functioning of each skin cell by promoting its respiration.
How to use fennel seeds?
Fennel seeds are perfectly edible and can therefore be ingested. Thus, they act on the skin and hair via the blood, which carries the nutrients they need. Indeed, the skin and the hair are also supplied by the microcirculation. On the other hand, fennel seeds can be eaten raw or cooked. They can be added to several dishes. But, it is more recommended to make herbal tea . It helps maintain your body at the same time as your skin and your hair.
Fennel seed herbal tea
It should be noted that this herbal tea can be used to rinse the hair and serve as hair care. It can remove impurities and chemical residue on the hair. To make herbal tea with fennel seeds, you will need:
The list of ingredients:
- Water: 200 ml
- Fennel seeds: 1 teaspoon
Boil the water before pouring in the seeds. Let it steep for about ten minutes and it’s ready. You can drink a maximum of 3 cups of this herbal tea during the day.
Apart from ingestion, fennel seeds can also be used topically for skin or hair care. Here are some natural home care recipes you can redo.
Natural lotion with fennel seeds
The lotion can be used on the hair, on the body, and on the face. It allows to soften and rebalance the pH. It has a rather pleasant sweet scent that is a little sweet. It is recommended for all skin types and particularly those which are prone to irritation. It is also excellent for making hair shine. It is also ideal for calming an itchy scalp.
What you need for the preparation:
The list of ingredients:
- Crushed fennel seeds: 1 tbsp
- Mineral or filtered water: 480 ml
- Apple cider vinegar: 60 ml
- Vegetable glycerin: 1 tablespoon
- Crush the fennel seeds using a pestle or mortar.
- Pour the water into a saucepan and boil.
- Add the crushed seeds and cover.
- Leave to infuse for ¾ of an hour.
- Then add the apple cider vinegar and glycerin.
- Mix well, then filter to collect the lotion.
- Pour it into its container and store it in the refrigerator.
On the face: Take about a teaspoon (or 2 g) of the fennel seed lotion. Wet the cotton with the lotion and apply to your face, avoiding the eye area.
On the body: Apply more.
Hair application: Fennel seed lotion can be used as a hair rinse.
Zoom on the ingredients:
Apple cider vinegar is a great booster for the skin. It tones and gives radiance to the complexion. It has a high content of selenium, antioxidant and acetic acid.
Acting like a gel, glycerin is useful in hydrating the skin. It is also able to reduce stains. It can also be used to fight acne and heal scars.
Origin and botany of fennel
Fennel is an aromatic plant native to the Mediterranean basin. Although this vegetable is adapted to its hot climate, it can perfectly be cultivated in France as in any other country. Currently, you can find it in Europe, Asia, and America.
Its culture is simple. The plant needs a lot of water, so it needs to be watered regularly. Fennel likes light, rich and fresh earth. Sowing is done in May. But in the nursery, it is rather done between March and April. It is sown in groups of 3 to 4 seeds.
It is the bulb (the root) of fennel that is best known in the culinary world. It is harvested during the summer and towards the beginning of autumn. The bulb can be stopped when it reaches the size of an egg. When the plant is well watered, its bulb is tender. Fennel needs to be watered at least once a week.
Fennel seeds and flowers contain essential oil. The seeds are harvested as soon as they turn green. That is to say between August and October depending on the sowing date. The seeds are then dried in a dry, warm and ventilated place. They fall from the umbels when they are dry. They are used to serve as a spice or to make herbal tea.
As for its leaves are used as aromatic herbs. They are threadlike.
Fennel can reach 1.5 or even 2 meters in height. It has an anise scent. It is from the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family.
Precautions for use
Prolonged use of fennel seeds on the skin may cause skin photosensitization. It is a sun allergy: the skin becomes sensitive to sunlight.
For adults, it is recommended to consume no more than 7g of fennel seeds per day.
For children, the amount should stay below 4 g per day.
Be careful not to confuse dill and fennel. These are two plants that look very similar and are from the same family. To distinguish them, we must observe their base. That of the fennel is swollen and is edible. This is not the case with dill.
Fennel seeds are made with estragole which can be carcinogenic and dangerous to infants and children.
Consumption of the seeds is recommended for pregnant and lactating women.