Welcome back to #TerpeneTuesday with @naturescare!
Today we’re exploring the world of Fenchone. As we can easily guess from the name, Fenchone is primarily found in Fennel seed.
Other natural sources include Spanish lavender, thuja, cedarwood, labdanum, African wild sage, and cistus.
Fenchone is well known as a flavour and aroma enhancer. Many say it adds an earthy, woody, camphorous aroma and tastes earthy and minty. Very cool! (pun intended!)
Because of its pleasant notes, Fenchone has been used in aromatherapy, as a flavouring agent, and in perfumery since the 1930’s.
It can be found today in a wide variety of bath & beauty products such as soaps, detergents, perfumes, and lotions; as well as candy, baked goods, and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
We bet you’re wondering what kind of medicinal benefits Fenchone offers right? We’re glad you asked – Fenchone has diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties. It’s also been shown to be an effective insect repellent.
Believe it or not, fennel tea is peddled far and wide as a weight loss solution. Because fennel helps reduce water retention in the body, users have reported to feel overall less bloated after consuming fennel tea. Are you going to shed 10 pounds by drinking fennel tea? Of course not, but you might feel like those jeans fit a bit better!
A 2017 study published in Biotechnic and Histochemistry concluded that Fenchone, possibly when used with the terpene Limonene significantly promotes the healing of wounds. Using rats, the study split them into groups of Fenchone alone, Limonene alone, Fenchone and Limonene, untreated, and an olive oil placebo group. After 10 days, the study concluded that the Fenchone and Limonene treated groups showed significant healing.
This isn’t the only study that supports the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of Fenchone.
Another 2017 study published in Frontiers in Microbiology studied the antibiofilm activities of cedar leaf essential oil against Candida albicans (yeast). Their study concluded that Fenchone, along with several other terpenes all significantly reduced C. albicans biofilm formation (yeast infection). In other words, the results show that cedar leaf essential oil, as well as fenchone, can be useful in controlling yeast infections.
A bit dated but still a hugely valuable, a study in 2008 published in Pharmacology Online examined the analgesic properties of Fenchone and a few other terpenes on rats. Using the tail flick test (a common pain model), they were able to show that both Fenchone and a-Pinene demonstrated significant analgesic properties while the other compounds did not. It’s true that more research need be done for human use, but these results show great potential!
We weren’t able to find any solid references for strains that might be high in Fenchone, but if you do come across one, expect a nice aroma and equally as pleasant taste!