Anise essential oil (also known as aniseed essential oil) is steam-distilled from the fruits of the anise plant—Pimpinella anisum—and is characterised by its rich liquorice aroma. Its pungent, spicy and warm scent is similar to fennel and star anise essential oils.
The main chemical component of anise essential oil is anethole, which is responsible for the oil's liquorice-like aroma, and has known antimicrobial, anti-fungal and insecticidal actions. Also present in anise oil are estragole, anisaldehyde, safrol, linalool, linene and camphene.
The oil also has known carminative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, diuretic, stimulant, expectorant, stomachic, and parasiticide properties.
How to use anise essential oil
Oil of anise can be applied topically, via diffuser, via inhalation and in soap products.
When blended with a carrier oil, anise essential oil can be used to relieve sore muscles.
Add 2-3 drops to your diffuser to create an atmosphere in calm, as well as assist in the relief of bronchitis and digestive issues (particularly flatulence).
Adding a few drops to some cotton wool or tissue and inhaling the vapours may assist in the relief of anxiety and vertigo.
When used as an ingredient in soap products, anise oil is effective at eliminating strong odours left on the skin from cooking, as well as providing a calming and pleasing liquorice scent.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and must be used with care.
Not to be taken internally.
Do not use anise essential oil for treating medical conditions without first speaking to a medical professional.
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