Botanical name: Pimpinella anisum
Part used: seed
Method: Steam distilation
Perfumery note: Top
Aroma: Sweet, spicy, liquorice-like, similar to Fennel,
- Aniseed is also known as Anise, but is not in any way related to Star Anise. Aniseed is produced from the seed, actually a fruit, of a perennial plant of the Carrot family.
- The seeds have been used in breads and cakes as well as liqueurs for centuries. It has a very beneficial effect on the digestive tract.
- The oil is used in various proprietary brands of toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Aniseed oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, carmitive, a stimulant and an expectorant.
- In vapour therapy it helps all respiratory ailments, including asthma, plus aiding digestion and relieves nausea.
- A few drops on a handkerchief held to the nose will alleviate the symptoms of migraine and vertigo.
- Used in aromatherapy massage as a general tonic, and for aches, it is also calming.
- Added to a carrier oil and massaged on the stomach area will help relieve cramps, diarrhea and excess gas.
- Aniseed oil can be used as an insecticide, but be aware that it is quite toxic for small animals and insects.
Trans-anethole, a-pinene, b-pinene, estragole, linalool, anisaldehyde, acetoanisole.
- Do not use if pregnant, if allergic to celery or carrots.
- Aniseed oil can cause dermatitis and slow down the circulation if too much is used. Always dilute in a carrier oil for topical application.
- Not suitable for people with estrogen dependent cancer.
- Do not use for children under 5 years old, and always use in moderation.