Anise Seed Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Pimpinella anisum
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Seed
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Fresh, sweet, spicy, licorice-like
Largest Producing Countries: Spain, Egypt, and China
Traditional Use: Anise seed has a long history of use as a spice and medicine. Raki, a popular drink in Turkey, is flavored with the seed. Writings by Pliny suggest anise as a morning pick-me-up.
Properties: Analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic
Benefits: Asthma, bronchitis, indigestion, coughs, cramp, flatulence, insect bites, nausea, stress, headache. Anise has an affinity with the digestive system.
Blends Well With: Bay, black pepper, ginger, lavender, orange, pine, rose
Of Interest: Do not confuse Anise seed oil (Pimpinella anisum) with Anise Star oil (Illicium vernum) which is produced from the fruit of a tree. Anise seed oil will crystallize at cool temperatures due to the anethole content in the oil.
Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant or breast-feeding. May cause skin irritation.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.