Used for centuries as a digestive aid, this aromatic vegetable soothes more than just the stomach. "Thanks to its chemical properties, it can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce inflammation," says Randi Ragan, holistic lifestyle expert and founder of GreenBliss EcoSpa.
- Hugo Naturals Sea Fennel & Passionflower Sea Salt & Sugar Scrub uses flower extracts, plus almond oil to hydrate the skin. store.hugonaturals.com
- Pangea Organics Egyptian Fennel With Grapefruit & Sweet Orange Lip Balm softens with a vitamin-rich combo of organic beeswax, shea butter, and citrus oils. pangeaorganics.com
- Chivas Skin Care Rosemary Fennel Pure Goat Milk Soap combines fresh herbs with hemp seed oil to relieve dry skin. chivasskincare.com
2 raw fennel bulbs, pureed + juice of 1/2 lemon + 2 sprigs fresh thyme
Brighten your eye area with this homemade toner, which can minimize puffiness and irritation: Bring the blended fennel and thyme sprigs to a boil in a saucepan; turn off the heat, add the lemon juice, and steep 15 minutes. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool, then apply with a cotton ball under the eyes. Do not rinse. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Fennel's fragrant aroma may ease nervous tension.