Aniseed essential oil, otherwise known as anise essential oil, is an oil that is steam distilled from the dried seeds of the plantPimpinella Anisum, an herb-like annual with white flowers. It is commonly mistaken for the star anise, but the two belong to very different plant families. Aniseed essential oil has many medicinal properties that are not commonly known now, but are slowly coming to light through more research and study.
Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans viewed aniseed as a highly prized commodity for it’s medicinal properties, and it was commonly administered as a medicinal tea for anything from digestive issues to colic in infants. The Romans used Aniseed in a spicy cake, which was broken over a bride as a sign of good fortune. The Romans also introduced aniseed to the rest of Europe! The Turkish developed an alcoholic drink from aniseed that is quite popular today, calledraki. Aniseed is also commonly used in toothpastes, mouthwash, liquors, and cordials.
Aniseed is native to the eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia. Aniseed is a white flower that grows to be about one meter tall, and looks like a common herb. Today, aniseed is commonly manufactured in Russia and Poland, who are the largest producers of aniseed essential oil. It’s pretty safe to say that this flower can handle some pretty cold weather!
The main reason aniseed oil and star anise are commonly mistaken for one another is because of their distinct aroma. Aniseed has a warm, spicy, licorice - like scent that is milder than the star anise’s stronger licorice. The aroma of aniseed is known for its mood soothing properties, and can be diffused when needed to relax the mind and body.
Expectorant:Aniseed essential oil can help dissolve mucus and make coughs more productive. It is particularly effective against stubborn, dry coughs, and whooping cough. If you are having respiratory issues, just diffuse two to three drops in a diffuser, or use one drop of oil in a steam inhalation treatment for instant relief.*
Digestive issues:Use aniseed oil to treat stomach cramps, bloating, and pain associated with gas and indigestion. Aniseed can help calm the stomach and promote healthy digestion through occasional use. One way is to mix five drops of aniseed oil with one tablespoon of carrier oil and rub the mixture on your stomach. Whether you ate too many hot wings or too much cheese, aniseed oil can help you digest them with ease.*
Breath Freshener:One of nature’s most common antiseptics on Earth is aniseed essential oil. When you don’t have any gum or mini mouthwashes on hand, aniseed makes a great breath freshener in a pinch! Mix one or two drops with a little warm water, gargle, and spit out. DO NOT INGEST.*
Anti-Nausea:Much like its effects on digestion, aniseed essential oil is also a powerful anti-nausea. Nausea can be caused by many things, from sickness, to eating the wrong thing, to migraines. Place one drop on a warm, damp cloth and inhale for a powerful double whammy against migraine and nausea symptoms.*
Menstrual Pain Relief:Women may benefit from aniseed essential oil to help relieve cramps and pain associated with their monthly menstrual cycle. It’s narcotic effect can help ease pain and as an antispasmodic, can also relax the uterus. Mix two to three drops of essential oil in one ounce of carrier oil and rub onto the affected area.*
Get Rid Of The Hiccups:Hiccups plague all of us at many points in our lives. There have been many remedies offered, such as a spoonful of sugar, being scared by someone, and even standing on your head! Aniseed essential oil may provide a solution to those pesky hiccups, without the trauma. To use, place two to three drops in a pot of boiling water (off the burner), place a large towel over your head and the pot of water, and inhale the steam.*
Sedative: Aniseed has a natural narcotic effect that can also act as a powerful sedative. Those with insomnia could really benefit from regular use of aniseed essential oil. It is also said that the narcotic effect of this oil is especially powerful against epileptic seizures.
Antispasmodic:Muscle spasms associated with many different issues, including digestive, can be alleviated through the use of aniseed essential oil.
Galactagogue: There are different opinions on the use of aniseed essential oil in lactating moms, particularly concerns for safety of the child. While aniseed essential oil has been used as a natural milk production booster, many have concerns that it could be unsafe for use. Please consult a doctor before considering using aniseed essential oil if you are nursing.
Insecticide: Aniseed essential oil is toxic to insects! This natural bug and small animal repellant could be especially useful at keeping unwanted critters away when you don’t want to use extra toxic chemical insecticides.
Antirheumatic:Aniseed essential oil may help provide relief from the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. When applied topically, aniseed oil can increase blood flow to the area and reduce pain.
Antiseptic:Aniseed essential oil can help give wounds a protective layer against infection. Think of it as an all natural Neosporin. Aniseed can also help heal wounds faster!
Aniseed oil is considered poisonous in small animals, birds, and children. It is best to avoid if you are pregnant, nursing, or have certain types of cancer due to its estrogenic effects.DO NOT INGEST.