Are you a spicy beauty #5: The beauty benefits of fennel seeds

Fennel is a member of the parsley family and is native to southern Europe, more specifically the Mediterranean.

Fennel tastes a little like liquorice and is widely used in food and medicine. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties it is widely used to soothe digestive discomfort.

Fennel can also be used as a beauty treatment in the following ways:

Anti-Ageing:

Fennel contains high concentrations of various antioxidants including Vit C, rutin and quercetin which protect cells from damage-causing free radicals.

It is also packed with Iron, zinc, selenium and calcium which are helpful in maintaining the oxygen balance in the skin.

apply it

1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon yoghurt

Grind the fennel seeds to release the oils and add the olive oil, turmeric and yoghurt to make a paste. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

consume it

You can buy fennel tea bags or you can steep a teaspoon of fennel seeds in about two cups of hot water. Sip the tea throughout the day.

Acne

Fennel has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Great for fighting spots and acne. Fennel oil and fennel masks will kill off bacteria on the skin surface and reduce the swelling and redness of existing spots.

apply it

1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 cup hot water
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons oats.

Steep the fennel seeds in the hot water until it reaches room temperature. Then add the oats and honey to the mixture and allow to sit for ten minutes.

Apply the mixture to clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

If you want to steam your face before applying the mask, you can add a handful of fennel seeds and 2 slices of lemon to the steam bath.

consume it

Drink fennel tea throughout the day to help your body eliminate toxins and excess fluid.

You can also lightly toast fennel seeds and add them to your salads with other seeds like sesame and pumpkin.

Tone skin and reduce the appearance of pores

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, fennel toner helps to reduce puffiness in the skin. It also helps to clear away acne-causing bacteria and oil buildup leaving your skin refreshed.

apply it

2 tablespoons fennel seeds
4 cups boiling water
2 drops fennel essential oil

Pour the hot water and 2 drops of essential oil onto the fennel seeds and allow to steep until the water has cooled to room temperature.

Strain the mixture and put it in a sanitised glass jar or bottle.

Shake well before you dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it to your skin.

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Infuse your water with fennel and lemon overnight for a refreshing, depuffing drink in the morning. It will also help to get your digestion going.

Cellulite Treatment

Fennel is a mild diuretic that helps the body to eliminate waste and fluids stored in the body. This helps to improve the appearance of cellulite.

apply it

3 tablespoons fennel seeds
1/2 cup hot water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 drops fennel essential oil
2 drops rosemary oil

Place the fennel seeds in a bowl and add the hot water. Allow the seeds to soften slightly. Add the coconut oil and mix. Finally, add the essential oils and mix thoroughly.

Have a warm bath with a handful of Epsom salts to warm the skin. Get out of the bath and while you are still warm, apply the paste to the areas where you have cellulite and massage in circular motions for at least 2 minutes.

Hop back in the bath and rinse off. Pat dry.

consume it

Add fennel seeds to berry smoothies for an extra cleansing boost. Here is a smoothie recipe to get rid of toxins in the body:

1 cup frozen berries
1/4 cucumber
1 cup kale
1 celery stalk
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
water to aid blending

Blend everything together and drink in the morning.

Fennel seeds are widely available and easy to incorporate into your diet and beauty routine.

Let me know if you try any of these recipes!
xx
C

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