Fennel has a fragrance similar to licorice taste and is very popular in India and parts of Europe. It”s aromatic and relaxing. It is used to detoxify and strengthen the liver, relieve colic and spasms, promote healthy digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and cleanse the mouth after eating. It is antibacterial and antifungal. Some believe it promotes hormonal balance. The oil is made from the seeds and is non-toxic and non-irritating, but it should not be used during pregnancy. Despite its reputation for being estrogenic, it is anticarcinogenic and chemoprotective.