Anise Seed Essential Oil
• Pimpinella anisum syn. Anisum vulgare, steam distilled from the seeds.
Description: Aniseed is the fruit of the annual anise plant of the parsley family (Umbelliferae). It grows up to 60cm in height and is umbelliferous in appearance with leaves varying in shape from heart-shaped to feathery. The fruits are covered with short hairs and each contains two dark seeds with light ribs.Colour: Clear to pale yellow liquid.
Aroma: Aniseed Essential Oil has a rich spicy-sweet licorice scent.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Bay, Cardamom Caraway Cedarwood, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Mandarin, Petitgrain and Rosewood.
Common Uses: Because of its high anethole content, Aniseed is considered to have antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, diuretic, and expectorant properties. Additionally, it is reputed to control lice and itch mite. Bronchitis, colds, coughs, flatulence, flu, muscle aches, rheumatism.
Constituents: a-pinene, camphene, B-pinene, linalool, cis-anethole, trans-anethole, safrole, anisaldehyde, acetoanisole.
Anethole: 92%, estragol, anise aldehyde, anise alcohol, methoxy acetophenone, pinene,limonene,himachalene, and 4-methoxy-2-(1-propene-yl)-phenol-2-methyl butyrate (Characteristic for anise)
History: Revered by ancient civilizations, particularly in the Middle East, Aniseed has long been used in cooking and in bread-making. The Romans hailed it as an aphrodisiac, and in India, the seeds are still chewed to sweeten the breath. It is widely used as a spice in cooking, and as an ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Aniseed oil is very popular amongst soap-makers because the fresh spicy scent eliminates the smell of onions and fish on the hands when used by cooks, and masks the odour of humans when used by fishermen and hunters.
Cautions: The oil is very potent and not to be used on sensitive skin. Trans-anethole (87%) can cause dermatitis in some individuals. Avoid if allergic or inflamed skin. Avoid if breast feeding, pregnant, or if endometriosis or other oestrogen-dependent cancer. Caution for those with hypersensitive skin or with skin problems. Avoid Anise Oil in endometriosis and oestrogen-dependent cancers.