Essential Oil of the Month: Anise

Do not confuse Anise seed oil (Pimpinella anisum) with Anise Star oil (Illicium vernum).

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Anise seed has a long history of use as a spice and medicine. It is also employed to flavor liquors. In India and certain other countries, anise is also used as a mouth freshener and digestive agent. The medicinal properties of this herb were known long ago in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The essential oil of anise is extracted by steam distillation.

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Used for:

Bronchitis, colds, coughs, flatulence, flu, muscle aches, rheumatism, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, and stomachic

Aroma – a top note:

Fresh, sweet, warm, spicy, licorice-like

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Blends with:

Bay, black pepper, ginger, lavender, orange, pine, rose

Anise Oil can be calming when used in very small dilutions.

Caution:

In heavy doses, it has narcotic effects and slows down respiration and circulation. It is poisonous to certain small animals and birds and therefore children should not be given high doses. Furthermore, it may cause irritation to certain skin types. It is best to avoid it during pregnancy. It may also aggravate certain types of cancers caused due to its effect on the estrogen hormone. Do not use without medical supervision.

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